Releasing Blessing is a powerful part of the Honor Cycle.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
(Don’t limit its potential to your children, only. Think how you can use its power to build students, mentees, spiritual children and other people around you.)
1) Understand the Power of Your Blessing. (tweet this)
The Bible says, “Life and death are in the power of the tongue.” The words you speak over your children have a tremendous impact.
2) Separate Your Child’s Behavior from their Identity. (tweet this)
You probably understand your responsibility as a parent to correct inappropriate behavior. What you may not know is that these moments are ripe with opportunity to bless (or curse) your child.
3) Let God Empower Your Blessing. (tweet this)
Chances are that blessing was not perfectly modeled for you as a child. That doesn’t have to be a setback. Faith in God is the perfect remedy, both as a model of blessing and as a source of empowerment.
4) Let the Blessing Flow! (tweet this)
I’ve learned that you don’t have to be conservative with your blessing. Make blessing your children a part of your lifestyle.
Got Questions? What would you like to know about releasing your blessing?
Discovering the Honor Cycle has been a long journey for me. I’ve spent the last fifteen years intentionally growing in the practice of honor. Of course, there are still days where I catch myself wanting to forge my own path. But I’ve seen the advantages of this lifestyle in ways I never could have expected. Here are some questions that can help you get the Honor Cycle moving in your family. (tweet this)
1.) How do you see your parents’ generation?
Think about it for a minute. Do you see value in the previous generation? Given the chance to build something on your own, would you demand that they come and build with you? Or do you relish the opportunity to stand on your own without their oversight?
2.) How do you see the next generation?
Does your vision for the future go beyond your life? What are you invested in that will benefit future generations? Are you prepared to come alongside a new generation and empower them to flourish?
3.) Would you consider a new approach?
What if the Honor Cycle truly does have the power to transform our families and our society? Are you willing to change your lifestyle to take advantage of its power? The Honor Cycle won’t self-initiate, but it only takes one willing person to get it moving in your family. Are you willing to consider a new approach to life and relationships?
Would you like to share your answers to any of these questions?
Our society has lost touch with the fundamental practices that allow one generation to build on another. Our celebration of independence and individuality has inadvertently disrupted the cycle that allows us to build a legacy across multiple generations. As children, we feel responsible to achieve success on our own. As parents, we’re so caught up pursuing our own dreams; we don’t know how to invest in the next generation. As a result, family relationships are broken and generations are not positioned to work together.
There is a natural cycle, however, that will create a thriving future from generation to generation (tweet this). I call it the Honor Cycle. When properly cultivated, the Honor Cycle empowers families and societies to learn from their successes and failures, solve problems together and build a better future for generations to come.
The Honor Cycle is initiated by two actions:
1) Practicing Honor
2) Releasing Blessing
Do you believe that generations were meant to build one on the other? What do you think about this idea of an Honor Cycle? Is there hope for our future?
Our generation faces a significant dilemma. It’s easy to be overwhelmed at the enormity of the global challenges we face—trillions in national debt, food and healthcare for billions of people, global warming, and nuclear dissemination, just to name a few. When faced with grave issues such as these, great generations throughout history arose courageously, tackling catastrophic challenges and building a better future for their children. We should do the same. Yet, our challenges are too big for one generation (tweet this).
Take our national debt. Even if we were to allocate ten percent of current federal revenue each year toward paying the debt down, it would take almost 70 years to pay it off. Without the commitment of our children toward a long-term solution, this problem will never be fixed. The same can be said for problems involving poverty and the environment.
We may set in motion great solutions for the future, but future generations must finish the work. Meanwhile, we need the experience of previous generations to help us develop solutions. A prosperous future does not hinge just on our generation finding the courage to arise, but rather on many generations coming together, building one on the other.
Is our society set-up to do this? What needs to change to enable this to happen?
My next book, The Honor Cycle, will release later this summer. It’s a project I started years ago after God asked me to do something I thought was a bit strange. In prayer one morning, I sensed Him ask me to honor my father and go to college. It didn’t make any sense to me, because I knew I was called to full-time ministry. Bible School seemed the logical choice. The next fifteen years, however, would reveal that God was using my parents’ counsel to set me up for His best plan for my life.
Over the last decade, every aspect of my life has been profoundly impacted by the practice of honor. I realized that honor had actually propped open the door for me to receive something I desperately needed from my parents and mentors. It’s something I call blessing. The Honor Cycle is the flow of honor and blessing between generations. When properly cultivated, the Honor Cycle empowers families and societies to learn from their successes and failures, solve problems together and build a better future for generations to come.
Questions The Honor Cycle answers:
How can I have a better relationship with my parents? (tweet)
I’m an adult now. Why should I listen to my parents? (tweet)
My parents don’t have a relationship with God. How can I honor them? (tweet)
My parents are controlling. What should I do? (tweet)
I don’t feel supported by my parents. How can I get them to understand me? (tweet)
How can I have a better relationship with my child? (tweet)
I’m finally an empty-nester! Why do I need to be so involved with my child? (tweet)
I’m hurt because my child is so unappreciative. What should I do? (tweet)
I totally disapprove of my child’s choices. How can I bless him/her? (tweet)
My own parents weren’t affirming. How can I release blessing to my child? (tweet)
I’m tired of trying. My child is beyond hope. Can you help me? (tweet)
Leading up to the release of The Honor Cycle, I want to invite you to explore what this cycle is all about. I’ll post articles here and would really appreciate your comments and feedback. It’s really easy to follow me (enter your email address on the right-hand side) and I promise I’ll only send you posts once or twice a week that will help strengthen your relationships.
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What do you think about this? Is the Honor Cycle an intriguing concept to you? What questions would you like to see answered?