My Goal Isn't To Get My Kids To Not Need Me Anymore
One of my goals with my children was to teach them how to not need me anymore. That’s healthy. But really, what I realized I should be teaching them shouldn’t be focused on how to do things for themselves and not need me, but to see how their shortcomings show their need for Jesus. If I miss this, then the idea of not needing their parents could fall into how they view God. He is not teaching us and providing for us to get us to a place where we don’t need Him anymore. His very lessons and gifts show us all the more how much we need Him! So, if my goal, or even if it is just an underlying intention, is to teach Jovi how to tie her shoes so she is capable and I don’t have to, or to teach Joshua to write his name so he is capable and I don’t have to help, and then I teach them that God is our Father, an analogy of parenthood, what does that teach them? I should use every experience to teach them that they need God. When frustration arises in an activity and they can’t control their emotions in the moment, I tell them I am not able to because they need Jesus to help them. The goal in life is to point my children to Jesus, to show them that we, their parents, need Him, and they do too. So how good is it that we have a million little opportunities to teach them that as they grow and learn?
Here are some encouraging Scriptures to think about and share with your children that I hav found helpful.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. The one who abides in me while I abide in him produces much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15v5
“As for me, since I am poor and needy, let the Lord keep me in his thoughts. You are my helper and my savior. O my God, do not delay.” Psalm 40v17
“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” Hebrews 4v16
“And my God will fully supply your every need according to his glorious riches in the Messiah Jesus. Glory belongs to our God and
Father forever and ever! Amen.”
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