Anyone who has seen the movie Monster’s Inc. knows the classic line spoken by Roz to Mike Wazowski…
“I’m watching you, Wazowski! Always watching…”
Mike doesn’t really like to hear that, because you get the impression from Roz’s character that she really is watching him ALL THE TIME.
And there’s some pressure and responsibility that go along with that. There’s a lot at stake for Mike knowing that Roz is always watching.
If you are a parent or youth worker, you have little “Rozs” watching you ALL THE TIME.
And, just like with Mike, there’s a lot at stake (for them and for you).
Because the kids are watching you to see what following Jesus really looks like in a Christian culture that makes a lot of things gray.
And, what we make gray today will only get grayer for the next generation.
Here’s what I mean…
Parents (and youth workers) remember… your kids are watching you, always watching.
And, the decisions you make about things like church, entertainment, alcohol, and social media are going to have an impact on your kids whether you realize it or not.
If church attendance/participation is optional or sporadic in your family now, your kids will take it another degree or two further, and will find more excuses/reasons not to go when they are older.
If your entertainment choices are dictated more by what the culture thinks is a “good” movie or album to listen to (and less about what the Bible says is “good”), where do you think your kids will look for what is “good” when they have more freedom to make those choices?
If your approach to alcohol is casual, don’t assume that your kids will know what “casual” means or that they will have the same ability/desire to make alcohol just another element of their social lives when they get older.
If social media is a place where you vent, rant, overshare, misrepresent yourself, or spend too much time on, know that your kids are taking cues from you on things like: where their value and identity comes from, how to communicate, and how to deal with conflict (not to mention how to manage their time).
The truth is our kids will generally take the things they see in us and take them one or two (or even three) degrees further.
The gray only gets more gray…not less.
And, believe me, they are watching you.