Author Archives: Dave Stone

Helping Our Kids Love the Disabled, the Disadvantaged, and the Different

Helping Our Kids Love the Disabled, the Disadvantaged, and the Different

As human beings, we’re pretty gifted when it comes to sizing others up. If they don’t have our level of education or live in a place as nice as ours; if their skin color or language or religious heritage is different; or if they walk funny or talk funny (or can’t walk or talk at

Comfort vs. Contentment

A first-century Roman proverb warns: “Money is like seawater: the more a man drinks, the thirstier he becomes.” Now, I don’t know if Jesus knew that saying — maybe He did. He certainly understood the principle, if His lifestyle is any indication. He kept it simple, trusted God, had what He needed, and didn’t covet

Contagious Contentment

Want your kids to mature and derive joy through giving rather than keeping? Want them to become generous, giving, and gracious people? It starts with you. With your values. With your priorities. With your awareness that enough is enough. Contentment is contagious. Unfortunately, it’s also pretty rare. It’s all too easy for parents to communicate

Jesus in Disguise

Teach Kids to Love Others Like Jesus Loves Us

When we see people the way God sees them, we look at everyone from a totally different perspective. It takes some effort, some intentionality, to rid ourselves of the hidden veins of prejudice in our lives and begin to embrace everyone around us with the love of Christ, to love others like Jesus loves us.

selfless children

How to Raise Selfless Kids

There’s no clear guide for parents on how to raise selfless kids in today’s world. No parent leaves the maternity wing with the stated goal of raising that little bundle of joy to become a self-absorbed, spoiled brat who is oblivious to the needs of others. But even well-intentioned parents can lose their focus, and when

Faith is Both a Noun and a Verb

When parents are fleshing out their faith and living out their days with joy and honesty, their children will be attracted to it. Children want something that is real; they want to follow someone who is genuine. Your example—in victories and challenges, in successes and sins, in forgiveness and accountability— can lead them toward an

Building Family Ties with Faith Love and Laughter

Which Way from Here?

Remember Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, when Alice came upon the Cheshire Cat sitting in the crook of a tree? “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the cat.  “I don’t much care where—” said Alice. “Then

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