What people say about you is their opinion. What God says about you is a fact. The way to know your worth is to focus on the facts. She goes on to include many practical nuggets to help girls overcome the lure to be defined by their social media status, let go of expectations and just be themselves. My kids are a bit younger than the ones she addresses in her books but I’ve been inspired by Kari’s words. Because I want my children to grow in a soil of rich truth, even now as they begin to build their identity, I’m committing to plant these seeds in their lives this year.
5 Back to School Truths Kids Need to Know
You are uniquely made for God’s perfect purpose.
Confidence is the most attractive trait and people are drawn to it. Own who you are. God made you beautifully and wonderfully according to his plan. . . and He doesn’t make mistakes.
You are loved.
More than you will ever know… first and foremost, by your Father God and deeply, and unconditionally by your Dad and me. No matter what happens out there, we are your safe haven.
You are enough.
There is no need to be different or more than you already are. As long as you are doing your best, even if you struggle, it is enough.
You can do hard things.
Sometimes it’s good to be pushed out of your comfort zone. This doesn’t mean you have to be more, but it does mean you can get better when you work hard at something with commitment and discipline. We will always be here cheering you on.
You are a light that others need to shine.
The world is full of darkness and you have the light of Christ. Shine brightly so that others feel the love of Jesus through you. Look for those who need it most. Don’t be afraid to reach out, you have something they need. This is the truth I want to be planted in my children’s hearts now so they will be ready when their self-worth is challenged.
These are the beliefs I want to grow out of them to beautify the world in which they live. It may seem like a never-ending process to undo the lies and deception our kids encounter daily through friends and social media, but when we prune each misconception and continue to plant truth about their identity in Christ, we’ll slowly but surely cultivate beautiful freedom in their lives.