Teach Your Child That He has a Very Specific Purpose
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
This verse is pretty clear: You are God’s artwork, who you are is no accident, and He wants you to do good things with your life.
How do you walk out these truths in front of your child?
1. Speak it over Them.
I believe Aibileen from The Help understood how powerful it is to speak truth over a child. Watch this quick clip:
I’m not sure that precious little girl fully understood the deep meaning of every word she was reciting, but I guarantee you that as she grew up, those words echoed in her head and in her heart.
Mark Batterson, in his book Praying Circles Around Your Children talks about prayers that are prophetic, meaning we pray over our kids what we want them to become. And I think the same is true of our words.
Speak over your kids what you want them to become. And one of the most important things they need to know is that they are God’s handiwork, created to do good works.
2. Live it in Front of Them.
If you want your kids to understand their worth as God’s handiwork, then you’ve got to see it for yourself. If you don’t, it’s time to seek that mindset. Either get counseling, or seek after God with all your might so that you can get a grasp on the fact that He truly made you the way you are for a reason, to do good stuff for Him.
Your kids will know if you don’t believe this verse. They will hear it in how you put yourself down, how you don’t reach out to others because you don’t think you have anything to give. In fact, you may not even have to say a word; they will feel it.
However, when you honestly believe that you are God’s handiwork, and you live your life to do His Good Work, you are an unforgettable example to your kids that each of us is who we are because that’s the way God planned it and He has some very specific things He wants us to do with our lives.
And my friends, I want to tell you, that is one of the best gifts you can give your kids. If you flounder in your life purpose and doubt your worth to God and to others, you are not giving your child a gift, you are giving him a big question mark. What am I doing here? What was I made for?
Speak, pray and show your child that he is God’s Artwork–made for display–and God’s Vessel–made to be used by Him. It will give his life purpose and peace.
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