5 Ways to Empower Your Children
by Steve Backlund
Having the stewardship of raising and influencing children is an honor and a privilege. As parents, pastors, and teachers, we have an opportunity to speak powerfully into their lives and influence them. Here are five quick ideas to empower your children to do what they thought they could never do:
1. Regularly tell them who they are – Your words are more powerful than you know. Take advantage of important times (bedtime, while driving, etc.) to let them know who they really are. In my book The Culture of Empowerment, I state that empowering leaders speak to their people much more about who they are more than just telling them what to do. We can empower our children similarly by speaking life-giving identity statements over their lives. As we increase in speaking positive encouragements over our children, we will see them grab a hold of these truths and believe in themselves more each day.
2. Help them review their prophetic words – As a parent, you have the privilege of providing times for them to receive prophetic words. To make this happen, I suggest asking others to give your children prophetic words. Record or write these words down and begin to discuss, review, and pray for these words with them on a regular basis.
3. Have others "adopt" your child – Wise parents recruit others to be positive influences on their children. This could be other adults, or it could be a teen or an older child who can mentor your child. These individuals will be able to impart impactful words to your children. In addition, they can be a strength to you in helping you deepen the relationship with your children.
4. Train them to be responsible and respectful – Faithfulness and honor are two qualities we want our children to have. They are pivotal and needed to open future doors of opportunity and favor for their lives. These qualities don't just automatically happen, but they are the result of God – anointed parenting.
5. Expose them to the greater needs – Take your children on a mission trip. Have them help you feed or love on the homeless. These types of activities help our children to truly know they are bless, and it will also help them to understand the Biblical truth that true empowerment is to serve the needs of others.
ABOUT STEVE BACKLUND
Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.