Even when we are naughty or nice-we are still God’s child.
My identity. Your identity. Your child’s identity. And… since God has no grandkids, your believing children are your brothers and sisters in Christ! What a crazy gift. Wrap your head around that present!
But when we forget this, we are tempted to wrongly categorize ourselves. In secular terms this is called an Identity Crisis.
So…how does your child view himself?
By academic achievement? Physical attributes? How would he describe himself? Smart – dumb, fat – skinny, tall – short, straight – gay, good – bad?
But we are not to be identified by intelligence, outward characteristics, sexuality, or behavior. Those classifiers are limiting and are effectively used by God’s enemy to discourage or even trap a soul. Don’t fall for it!
As Christians, our identity is rooted in being a child of God.
We have worth-great worth- because we are God’s child. He knew us before we were born. He knows us down to the very number of hairs on our head. He calls us by name! What amazing love the Creator of the Universe-our Father- has for each of us.
If your child or teen is struggling with self-worth or identity issues remind him he is precious in God’s sight, created for a special purpose.
Max Lucado has a terrific book titled, I’m Special. Read it to your youngster if he is possesses a low view of himself. (The message in this book is good for bigger people, too!)
Encourage your child to see value and worth in himself because God does. So much in fact that The LORD calls him His child. God loves His kids! Merry Christmas.
How have you encouraged your child when he feels worthless?
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us,
that we should be called children of God!
1 John 3:1a
By Lori Wildenberg
Wife to Tom, mom to four
Co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting