Ever since I found out I was pregnant with a little girl, I had a very specific prayer for her. “Lord, help her to know that she is the daughter of a King! Help her to find her value in YOU and not in those around her.” As parents, it is so hard to send our children out into a harsh world. I’m sure there will be tears shed this year as your child learns valuable life lessons. I’m sure there will be apprehension as your child has to make big decisions, whether to stand tall or to succumb to peer pressure. But we can prepare them.
Teaching your child about how awesomely created they are can instill in them a sense of self-worth. When a child is confident in who they are (and WHOSE they are), they are able to make decisions that are right, even when they feel the pressure to follow the world. With all the sin in the world and all of our imperfections, it is kind of hard to see it, but we are made in the image of God! “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.” (Genesis 1:26) God designed every vein that flows through our body, every synapse of our nervous system, every cognitive connection our brain makes… all of it. A loving God intricately made you. Everything works according to his perfect design. In his new kids’ devotional, Indescribable, Louie Giglio writes, “Did you know you’re a miracle? It’s true! The God who breaths out fiery, ferocious stars and hangs them in the sky is the same One who crafted and created you. Your hair, your eyes, and your smile are all exactly as God designed them to be. An amazing and wonderfully designed miracle called…you.” God placed every freckle on your cute little nose. God counted the number of hairs on your head as he placed them there. He knew the color of your eyes before you ever opened them. He made YOU exactly how you were meant to be. Everything you may deem an imperfection, he looks at and thinks, “WOW! You look like me!” So, if you are in the throes of Back To School, don’t forget to take some time and talk with your child about how amazing they are and how awesome their Heavenly Father thinks they are too! Let’s send our children back to school with a confidence that can only come with knowing that they are a child of a KING! If you would like a resource on how intricately you (and the rest of the universe!) were designed, I encourage you to take a look at Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God and Science.
How do you encourage your kids to remember who and Whose they are?