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Parents Have the Loudest Voice


Let us look at the singular most valuable voice in the life of your child. As a parent, you have the greatest potential to influence your child s heart and life. You are the loudest of all voices, and you are the best person to show compassion, forgiveness, and affirmation to them. Even when your children begin to age and seek out other voices, your voice should and will always stay the one they most need to hear.

It s important to find valuable voices all around your children, and begin to choose who many of those voices are. It s important to leverage what they hear from others to help them as they mature, and it s important that you are picky with whom you let influence your children. But all of that is diminished if your voice isn t the one speaking grace and truth in equal measure to them.

You are the champion of all voices, and as you seek God s will for how to lead your family I m certain that you will be given opportunities to say what needs to be said when it most needs to be heard.

I believe that you are equipped to be the voice of forgiveness for your children when they need forgiveness the most, because who else knows them like their parent?

I believe that you hold the possibility to direct your children in the way of wisdom when they need wisdom the most, because who else knows them like their parent?

I believe that you are the voice of love your children need to hear more anyone else, because who else knows them like their parent?

Begin to value the voices all around your child s life, but seeing your own voice as the most valuable of all. When the full weight of that sets on us as parents, it draws us to seek wisdom for ourselves as we continue on the journey of being a parent, and what a great journey this will be!

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.