Posts Tagged ‘identity’
A blog post from Donald Miller, Children don’t learn that they matter from the Bible. They learn it from you.
The idea we matter is more important to learn in childhood than in any other stage. And they learn from adults, from whether or not they get off the phone, make eye contact, get mad too quickly, love them enough to stay married to their mom, love them enough to protect them from danger, even from themselves. The message God wants to communicate to children is entrusted to you, to the way you look at them or celebrate them when they walk into a room. If they get that message, the Bible will confirm it for the rest of their lives. And if they don’t, they’ll struggle to believe the overwhelming obviousness of God’s love.
How you see God and how you think He sees you is the one of the most influential factors in how you parent your children.
This video shows how some people have been taught to view Jesus, but of course it isn’t true!
“For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” Zephaniah 3:17
To love your children well, you have to love yourself. To love yourself, you need to know how God sees you. The unique facets of your identity and purpose often come in story form, throughout your life.
But there are some foundational and vitally important things you can know about yourself right now. They’re found in scripture.
I encourage you to print out this list and put it on your bathroom mirror or fridge. I’ve read that it takes a couple of months to form a new habit. Every single person who is in Christ is accepted, secure and significant.
John 1:12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.