“I don’t want to hear you say ‘I can’t.’ I just want to hear you say, ‘I’ll try!’”
This is a phrase I find myself saying often to my children. Life is filled with obstacles each and every single day. Some of them are larger than others, but all of them are important and how we handle them is even MORE important.
Do we face them head on? Do we handle them with grace and peace? Do we give them over to God rather than trying to handle them ourselves?
When we are constantly bombarded with trials and obstacles, how are we supposed to hope, and how do we teach our children to live victorious lives rather than living in a state of hopelessness?
It’s so easy for me to look at the “obstacles” that my children are facing and think, “I WISH this was all I was worried about.” Sometimes I forget that they are little people facing big problems. Everything is big in a child’s eyes. Everything is new and daunting. From learning to ride a bike, to dealing with bullying at school, to feeling pressure to maintain good grades while being popular with their friends… there are many pressures in life that my children will need to face. It is my job as their parent to teach them how to live a hope-filled life and to never give up.
Franklin D Roosevelt said,
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
As Christians we can teach our children to live victorious lives because Christ is already the Victor! HE is our ultimate HOPE. HE has conquered sin and death. HE goes before us and is with us through every trial.
Ultimately, it is our job as parents to point our children to Christ. We are HIS ambassadors to HIS children. We need to show our children what a loving heavenly father he is and to teach them to set their hope in HIM and not in the things/people of this world… because this world will constantly let them down, but God never will!
Children learn through example. How do we handle trials that come into our lives? Do we throw our hands up in the air and give up hope? Or do they see us on our knees in prayer or reading our Bible for wisdom? Leading by example is one of the best gifts you can give your children.
Children thrive when their minds are filled with God’s Word. Our children are being bombarded with negativity (it’s the nature of our sinful world), so we need to combat the negative with positive Biblical truths. Fill their mind with scripture so that when they face a trial, they are equipped with the knowledge and wisdom to handle it. Start with Proverbs 13:12, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” or Psalm 39:7, “And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My HOPE is in You.” Bible truth teaches them to put their hope in the Lord!
Children need to know that God wants the best for them. Teach them to look for HIS blessings… sometimes they are hard to see, but if you look closely, they are always there!
If you’re looking for a great book to fill the hearts of your children with hope, try Hope for Each Day for Kids. It’s a great resource for instilling hope in our children and teaching them to live a victorious life!
May 2018 be a year filled with HOPE for your family!
How are you teaching your kids to live with victorious hope?