A Parent's Pain
John 16:33: "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world" (NIV).
You may identify with the concept, "A mother is only as happy as her unhappiest child." It is hard not to get dragged down by the struggles of your children. Jesus recognized this tendency and offers a solution—an eternal perspective. When you are certain about your future, you are better able to face the present. An eternal mindset will help you maintain a hope-filled perspective because our home is not of this world!
When you or your kids are suffering, remember that Christ has conquered the world, and one day we will be with Him. Until then, beware of desiring pleasure on this earth more than Christ. Take comfort in knowing that this life is temporary and let your pain lead you towards dependence on Him.
Remember that your home is not in this world, but in heaven.