In this introductory session, we become oriented with Tedd Tripp’s Shepherding A Child’s Heart, which is the jumping-off point for our discussions. We begin by dealing with shaping influences – those things that happen to us that cause us to form opinions about the world around us.
Tripp writes, “Shaping influences are those events and circumstances in a child’s developmental years that prove to be catalysts for making him the person he is. But the shaping is not automatic; the ways he responds to these events and circumstances determine the effect they have upon him.”
Proverbs 4:23 is a key passage for this session – “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”