Child, You Need To Know
In our living room we have a hand painted sign with swirls and dots. The fun, loopy font spells out rules or mottos for the family. You know the sign. If you are a parent of young children I will put money down you’ve got something like it in your own home and probably made out of a pallet. It says things like, “laugh often, forgive, don’t yell….” It’s a cutesy sign with your basic parenting staples. It is sweet. I have rules that have never been turned into hand painted signs as of yet. It’s a shame because child, you need to know.
Child, you need to know how to cope under pressure. Standardized testing is hard. You know what else is hard? Life. You are going to find when you are all grown up that you will face tests daily, most of which are stressful and many times unfair. The best advice I can give you is to suck it up and handle your business without excuses. 2 Timothy 2:15 “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” Do all you can do to the best of your ability and never quit. God will handle the rest. He gave you the sweet gift of power, love, and self discipline. Child, use it.
Child, you need to know that you should always be friendly. It does not matter if you are in a bad mood. It takes no more effort to smile, speak and make eye contact.The bible tells us a jillion times to love one another. Folks work so hard to feed the hungry and memorize 1 John, but they are still missing the mark if they are rude and impolite to others. Child, being friendly is the simplest form of love and the foundation to which all other forms of love are built.
Child, you need to know the world is full of bullies. They have been since Adam and Eve began to populate the Earth and no anti-bully law, organization or campaign is going to stop it. Intimidation is a tool used by those burdened by the lack of self worth, regardless of age. Show mercy. James 2:13 “Because judgement without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgement.” Child, pray for your bullies, because hurt people, hurt people.
Child, you need to know how to use social media. God placed you in this specific generation of electronics and technology to glorify Him. Mathew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they might see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven.” Child, use the tools of your time for good.
Child, you need to know that you are everything to me. A parent’s love can not be fathomed until you are a parent. However, I would be doing you a great disservice if I did not tell you this. You are not the main character in the story. It is not all about you. Every person in the world has a story that God is working out. Child, you are not the main character of the story God is.