The Challenges Children Face Today
Parenting is ridiculous. I surely don’t have any solid answers. Mine are still in junior high. In fact, pray for me, please. Because I see the anxiety they fight in their generation every day. The comparison as they scroll through social media, and the challenge to determine authentic and genuine friendship through mostly text messaging and video clips.
We can never go wrong having compassion for our children. Our God has compassion for us. If we seek Him with all of our heart, we will find Him – this He promises. And He’s never, and will never, break a single promise. In Christ, we are never alone, and neither are our children. The best we can do, as parents, is to seek Him, follow Him, and lead them to His feet. Never forget, God loves our children infinitely more than we do. It seems impossible, as my heart breaks wide open for my daughters. But there is someone who trumps even them.– and their dad.– and everyone else for that matter. He is the one who reminds me to confess my own self-condemnation every single morning. He is the one who encourages me to see myself as He sees me. He reminds me to take every worried thought captive and hold it accountable to the truth.
Infinitely More Than We Could Expect or Imagine
Our children are under a lot of pressure. We will expect too much of them if we fail to remind ourselves of it. Training them up in the way they should go means to firmly guide them. God disciplines us because He loves us. He gives us boundaries and biblical commands because He loves us. We can do the same for our children. If everything we do for them flows out of the love God shows for us, we will lead them to Him. And when our humanity gets in the way and we fail to let go of our plans for them, we can apologize, and get right back on track.
Every day we can pray over our children, all of the things we wish for them which they interpret as nagging. They can’t stop us from praying. There is a verse for everything we worry about on their behalf. Pray them as if that’s our race to run. Because as parents, who will storm the gates of heaven more than we on their behalf?
To an anxiety-ridden generation, we can be the calm, firm, guiding encouragement they need to flourish as the people they are growing up to be. Release them into God’s hands, and let His expectations come to fruition. They are infinitely more than we could ever expect or imagine for our children, anyway.
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