We parents try our best, don’t we? We try to protect our children from the harsh realities of life because, Lord knows, they’ll have plenty of years to deal with them. Why not shield them from it for as long as we can?
But then what difference does Jesus make and when do they get to find out? The Scriptures tell us to train up a child in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). I’ve heard countless sermons and teachings on the meaning of this verse and my own understanding of it has matured over the years as well. I’ve come to learn the “way” they should go is Jesus Christ, the way the truth and the life (John 14:6). Once they meet and follow Him (not a religion/doctrine), but follow Him in real life relationship, there’s no walking away from Him. He’s just too good!
Our role as parents, my main goal as a mom in Christ, is to introduce them to and teach my children about Jesus Christ. That when they trust in Him, He will lead them in what’s best and the awesome life He’s designed for them. That He is the truth, nothing false or fake about Him. He can be trusted because He cannot lie to them. That He came to die in their place for their wrong so that He could give them a full, rich life in Him. I thank God that by grace through faith, all three of my children know they are loved by God, that He is for them, and they can trust Him with their lives. All three have taken Him up on His offer of salvation and are forever in His hands!
Now what? When do I let them see God at work in and through and for them if I’m always trying to shelter them from life’s curve balls? As parents, having seen and experienced all that we have, we just want to spare them heartache whenever possible. That’s totally understandable! But at some point, even in small ways, they need to experience God working on their behalf, fighting their battles, being their peace, and mending their hearts. They can’t just hear our testimonies. They have to exercise their spiritual eyes to see Father, Son, and Holy Spirit at work in their lives…