An anonymous parent wrote to me a few weeks ago. She said every time she picks up her daughter from work or school, her daughter would complain about her job, coworkers, or even her friends at school. It was a constant barrage of insults, complaints, and criticism. This mom was concerned because her daughter does claim to be a Christian. I suggested that before her daughter could say anything say, “Give me two positive things about work or school.” Then, ask her details about those things. Now, if she starts talking negatively about work, friends, or coworkers, remind her what Ephesians says about building people up. As we point our kids to Scripture, it will have a positive impact.

Suggested Reading: Proverbs 16:24,, Ephesians 4:29