We must realize that God created each of us in a unique way in order to fulfill a purpose and to bring Him glory. As parents we must help our kids recognize their uniqueness and encourage them to be their best for Jesus. Helping our children have a healthy self-view and understanding how to live according to His plan is the challenge.
Most kids, as do adults, seek praise from others. It’s as though we get all of our self worth from daily performances before people and from the voice inside the mirror. Living this way can be a dangerous trap. What others think of you is really distorted by their sinfulness, personal messes, and insecurities. God is the only one who really sees you as you are. And, He sees you through eyes of love, grace, and mercy.
Teach your child that they are made in God’s image and for His purposes. Teach them that becoming preoccupied with what others think of them is not God honoring, but recognizing God’s love for them is.
What else can you do to help your child in this area?
In Numbers 6:24-26 God told Moses to share this with the people of Israel. This would be a great passage to pray over your child.
“May The LORD bless you and keep you;
May He make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
May the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” AMEN
Ric Callahan has served the Church as minister to youth, children, and families for 37 years. He and his wife, Carla, have a passion for motivating and encouraging parents to activiely pursue Godly leadership in their homes. They have raised two daughters who use their gifts in minsitry as well.