When my kiddos were tiny, I taught them to read sight words, pump their legs on a swing and have manners at meals. Now? I’m trying to teach my teenagers how to read a bank statement, order and return something online, and cook meals. But there are some things I’ve always wanted my kids to know, and as they grow older, I want them to hang on to all the more—the truths about who Jesus is, how much He loves them, and what that means. Here are 3 verses that I want my kids to know deep down in their souls.
1. I want my kids to know the truth of Ephesians 2:10—You are “Christ’s masterpiece.”
I want my children to know that they were painted by brush stroke by the God of the Universe. They don’t need to compare themselves to others or wish they were taller or shorter or had different hair. All our kids were created intentionally with such care. And when God was done, He said, “This child is a masterpiece.”
Let’s help our kids to own that they’re good at math or swimming or science or telling jokes or drawing animals or making music. Whatever class, club, team, or meeting they walk into I pray our kids will do so confidently. I want them to know whether they feel like they do or don’t belong like they do or don’t deserve to be there like they know everyone who showed up or not a single other person in the room that they have value and something important to offer in that space, simply because God made them. If they cling to this truth, our kids will be able to live confidently and fully.
2. I want them to know the truth of Jeremiah 29:11— “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
I want my kiddos to dream big. But not just because it’s exciting to imagine what they might be when they grow up (that is fun)! But because it’s Biblical. God has so much awesomeness in store for them, for all of us, and He wants us to step into it. When my kids encounter obstacles, I want them to know God has phenomenal plans for them.
When our kids apply to schools, internships, or jobs let’s equip them to aim high. If doors shut or they get rejections, our kids will be okay. Because they’ll know they can trust that the Lord is leading them to the right door. They are on the perfect path He has already mapped out for them. God promises our kids, and us as parents, a prosperous and hope-filled future.
3. I want my kids to know the truth of 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.”
The last few months in our world have included a global pandemic, racism, and division. Some days, weeks, and seasons of life are hard, scary, stressful, exhausting, or all of the above. Preaching a sunshine and rainbows gospel to our kiddos won’t prepare them for when trials hit. Yes, life with Jesus is beautiful and glorious. I want my kids to relish in this gorgeous Christian life, Amen! But people they love will pass away or get sick or let them down. There will be times when they don’t know what to do next or where to go or how. In those moments, I want my kids to hold onto the hope that is Jesus Christ. I want my kids to grasp the fact that Jesus has ultimately won the battle, that He offers peace in the midst of trouble, that He is victorious—so when trouble comes, they can take the next step forward and the one after that.
If we can help our kids understand John 16:33, they’ll realize disappointments, dead ends, and hardships are only temporary. They’ll have the courage to persevere.