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Word for Today / Understanding Your Child

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Understanding Your Child

‘Nothing about me is hidden from you!’ Psalm 139:15 CEV

The psalmist wrote: ‘Nothing about me is hidden from You! I was secretly woven together out of human sight, but with Your own eyes You saw my body being formed. Even before I was born, You had written in Your book everything about me.’ (Psalm 139:15–16 CEV) God has already determined your child’s potential; now it’s up to you to help him or her discover and develop it. You’ll see it in their temperament, their gifts and their interests.

Resist the temptation to treat all your children the same way; they’re different! Cain was a farmer and his brother Abel was a shepherd. Jacob and Esau were twins, yet they couldn’t have been more different. And how about the Prodigal Son who left home and became a ‘party animal’, while his older brother stayed home and became self-righteous and judgmental? You must love each of your children unconditionally, but develop them individually. Who are they? What do they like? What do they succeed at? How do they handle change? How do they behave when they’re alone?

Start listening to what your children value, what they fear, and what they need. Make sure they’re anchored spiritually in God’s Word. Don’t force them to go the way you wish you’d gone. Help them discover their own identity, and become their biggest backer. If that means putting your own dreams on hold for a while, do it. You’ll never regret it. Your children are your future; your very essence will live on in them. And one more thing: the trees we grow today produce the fruit we eat tomorrow. So pray and ask God to help you understand your child.

written by Bob Gass
 

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