I have to begin by saying that this has been one of the hardest posts for me to sit down and write. I am not sure why, but every time I have sat down to share what's on my heart, I get distracted, have writers block, or I'm interrupted.
So this morning, I am deciding to put everything else aside, and share my heart for three minutes.
Life is hard. Times are stressful. Things are often uncertain, and hurt is so real.
It's not about if you will experience hard times, but more about when. The Bible says in John 16:33,
"I've told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I've conquered the world." ~MSG
It doesn't say you might experience difficulties, but "you WILL continue to experience difficulties."
Knowing this, how do you prepare for trouble? How do you prepare your children for trials and sorrows?
Who or what do you turn to?
The feelings of fear, doubt, worry, confusion, stress, anxiety, etc. all drive us away from the source of true peace. They drive us to the things of this world, instead of the truths in His word. Our children see us reach for the TV remote and our phones, before grabbing our Bibles. We are quick to scroll through social media, call or text a friend, before talking to the one who has already conquered the world.
No judgement here. I am often guilty of the same things.
But, we have to do something different. The concern, efforts, and energy we put into making sure our kids continue to flourish academically, is the same amount of energy (if not more) we must put into discipling our children. After all, that is the true calling of a parent, "Go and make disciples." (Matthew 28: 19-20)
So, while the state of our nation is troubling, take this time you have now (because tomorrow truly isn't promised), to seek Jesus, and pour JESUS into your children.
I'm not saying academics aren't important, because I am a huge advocate of educating our children, but what I am saying is that we need to share some of that effort with "training up our children in the way that they should go; even when they are older they will not depart from it" (paraphrased for personalization). After all, their lives truly depend on it.
In the title of this post, I asked, "Who can I turn to?"
In difficult times and seasons, people are often asking themselves this very question. How they are able to answer, can often be the difference between life and death (physical, mental, or spiritual).
Social Media, television, and often times friends and family are not the answer.
We have to be able to turn to God first and foremost. We have to teach our children to do the same. True peace and joy are only found in our Father. As parents, it is commanded of us.
"Never forget these commands that I am giving you today. Teach them to your children. Repeat them when you are at home and when you are away, when you are resting and when you are working." Deuteronomy 6: 6-7 GNB
In spite of all that is going on, know that you can turn to Christ. The whole world is in His hands!
Just in case you want to add bible study to your new house schedule, click on the link below to get access to my Bible study for kids worksheet. It can be used with children ages 5 and up. Feel free to share!