“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood…”
1 Peter 2:9
Have you seen the bumper sticker, “I’m not lost I’m exploring”?
Your child may think life’s a mystery to be searched, but you get frustrated when they steer too far off course. So what do you do?
In ancient times there lived a wife of a king who struggled terribly raising her son. He was a difficult child. She tried everything to get him to mature. She reasoned, cajoled, encouraged, and threatened. Nothing worked. One day she had an idea. She cut a swath of royal purple and sewed it to her teen’s coat.
“What’s this for?” The prince examined the patch on the front of his cloak.
“Every time you look at this strip of purple, I want you to remember you are the king’s son, so act accordingly.”
Sometimes children need to be reminded they’re special. That God not only loves them, He has entrusted His world with them. But be cautious, your words alone will not suffice. Teenagers are internally wired to ignore much of what we say, unless we have absolute proof. Instead, go to the authority–the Bible.
Using the word of God to teach, not preach, is one of the most powerful ways you can communicate with your child. So, sew the purple on one of their shirts and wait for the questions. Show them how Jesus says we are a “chosen people, a royal priesthood.” Bring them to where He teaches that the kingdom of God is within and like a mustard seed, it’s expected to mature into something special.
Let Christ’s words take over when yours seem ignored.
Ask yourself, “Is my frustration helping or hurting the situation? Am I forgetting how special my child is?”
Dear God, I long so much for my child to act like they should. Help me to see them through your eyes. Use me. Show me how my actions can reflect who I am in Christ. May I rely more on your words and wisdom, and less on my emotions. Amen.
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