156/365 days of blogging.
Who am I?
That the Lord of all the earth
would care to know my name
Would care to feel my hurt
Who am I?
That the bright and morning star
Would choose to light the way
Of my ever wondering heart
Not because of who I am
But because of what You’ve done
Not because of what I’ve done
But because of who You are
Have you ever asked yourself that question? Who am I? And why does God care about me? I guarantee you there are millions of teens around the world asking that very thing. Growing up in today’s world can be a very hard and confusing time for kids. Especially when we as Christians are not pointing them towards Christ.
Scripture tells us in Psalm 139:14 “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.” God’s character goes into the creation of every person. When you feel worthless or even begin to hate yourself, remember that God’s spirit is ready and willing to work within you. We should have as much respect for ourselves as our Maker has for us.
Our Children need to know that God created billions of individuals yet gave each one his or her own look, strengths, personality and potential to fulfill His plan for our lives. We can live in confidence that God doesn’t make junk and that every one of us is a unique masterpiece of His creative work.
So then why are we here? Our ultimate purpose is to love God and praise and worship Him. He also wants us to love one another. Matthew 22:37-39 says this: “Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ We should be teaching our children what it means to be a priceless creation of God. No matter their age or stage of life, our children can know the One who is love and who created them to love.
What can we parents do to help? The most important communication we, as parents, can have with your kids is to speak the simple truth. Our children are loved by God! Then affirm to them by using the following questions as discussion starters:
- In what ways did God make you unique? Are there areas of your life you are proud of? Areas you would like to improve?
- In what ways do you see your peers seeking acceptance good or bad?
- What qualities of God’s love do you see imitated in our family? What qualities do you imitate in your friendships?
- Do you believe God loves you and created you for an amazing purpose?
- What can you do this week that will reflect His love toward others and your confidence in His plan for your life?
- How can I pray for you?
Most of all…if we just take the time to not only talk to our kids, and actually listen to what they have to say, even if it is something we don’t agree with or approve of. We need to let them have a voice and allow that voice to be heard. Now I am not saying that we should let our kids do what they want, we should still tell them in a loving way and with God’s direction how some of the choices they are making are not good sound Godly decisions. We should offer alternative solutions to problems and teach them how to solve them in a Godly fashion. And when they continue to make those “bad” decisions…there has to be consequences for their actions, and those consequences MUST be carried out.
It is hard to figure out who we are as adults sometimes. But even harder still, our children are struggling to find a place where they belong in this world. We need to be ever mindful at telling them how much we love them and how much God loves them and His purpose for creating them.