Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
When we miss the heart, we miss the subtle idols of the heart.
Romans 1 makes it clear that all human beings are worshipers; either
we worship and serve God, or we make an exchange and worship and
serve substitutes for God—created things rather than the Creator (Romans 1:18-25). When parenting short-circuits to behavior we miss the opportunity to help our kids understand that straying behavior displays a straying heart. Our kids are always serving something, either God or a substitute for God—an idol of the heart.