Of Kings and Youth Leadership

(Isaiah 11:6 KJV) The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

If ever there was a time for youth leadership development for our future, then that time is now. Homeschooling our children to give them a better education is the goal of every homeschooling parent and an additional goal should also underly your convictions - that your child be trained to lead others to follow in the right way.

For those who may feel that my child is too young to learn how to lead, let me refer you to more words of wisdom on training up a child. '(2 Chronicles 24:1 KJV) Joash was seven years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem.' Since our public schools are training up our children to not follow or lead in an ethical or moral manner then homeschooling parents have no choice but to tak matters into their own hands. 'Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.' Others have challenged that we can't all teach our children to be leaders - and those wise enough beg to differ as we realize that a nation of leaders will have the same goals to follow those who will lead toward a more complete and moral life today and tommorow.

Leadership is a process by which a person influences others to accomplish an objective and directs the organization in a way that makes it more cohesive and coherent. Leaders carry out this process by applying their leadership attributes, such as beliefs, values, ethics, character, knowledge, and skills. There are ways to simplify development of leadership skills in youth and home schooling is the right environment to apply what is needed for good character.

To place these goals on a child to where they will be able to accomplish them is to make them into habits that they become used to doing on a daily basis. For example, the leadership attribute skills for a 6 year old would be picking up his/her room as a habit that younger siblings would see and follow his/her example.

Simple goals made into habits can make a child used to doing small things which in later life will become great things, remember Proverbs 22:6. Let's look at Martin Luther King Jr. who was ordained as a Baptist minister at age 18. He entered nearby Morehouse College at age 15 and graduated with a bachelor's degree in sociology in 1948, He won a second-place prize in a speech contest while an undergraduate at Morehouse, but received Cs in two public-speaking courses in his first year at Crozer. Martin Luther King Jr. may not have had all the knowledge he needed at the time, but the knowledge he gained later made him into an orator with character. So don't get your feathers ruffled if some of the subjects your home schooled child learns at home

At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement. An example of applying ones values to the organization.

Martin Luther King Jr. applied his beliefs and ethics to everything around and it lead him and others in the right direction. He directed the peaceful march on Washington, D.C., of 250,000 people to whom he delivered his address, "l Have a Dream", he conferred with President John F. Kennedy and campaigned for President Lyndon B. Johnson; he was arrested upwards of twenty times and assaulted at least four times; he was awarded five honorary degrees; was named Man of the Year by Time magazine in 1963; and became not only the symbolic leader of American blacks but also a world figure.

Set the example- We must become the change we want to see - Mahatma Gandhi

Leadership differs in that it makes the followers want to achieve high goals, rather than simply bossing people around.

Giving our children the christian youth leader resources prepare them to have a proper path for vision and school leadership. The youth of the nation need better direction and home schooled children are in an environment to help lead others in the direction that will give our nation a greatness that history will be proud to chronicle.

Daviyd Peterson: 10-year consultant, instructor, trainer Helps african american and minority homeschools bridge the digital divide by becoming computer homeschools. Free article on "Computer Homeschooling" and other related articles

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