Well, it's that time of year where the school year is winding down and preparation is underway to get good grades on the final exams. My kids got a whole battery of tests to evaluate what they've learned and procrastination, distractions, and the creative ability to make alibis are at their zenith!
How does it all play out over here in Jerusalem? Probably not too different from anywhere else in the world.
In school kids learn a lot right? …and then they learn 'other things'. Sometimes kids learn to inflate themselves and their accomplishments. They learn how to hide their hurts – and it's no different over here.
In our house we are trying to teach our children how to be genuine, authentic people. We pray that they will grow to be individuals who will admit their struggles and actively seek God and His love and forgiveness. That definitely goes against the grain!
Even in this setting of traditional families and conservative practice there are huge amounts of brokenness in both kids and adults. People often won't seek help – it is perceived as a sign of weakness.
We want our children to learn that we can't do it all on our own. We want them to learn that God will help them if they call upon Him. And lastly, that God will put into them His desires for their hearts if they surrender their wills to His.
The first step is always the hardest – acknowledging need. And really – before we ask the question to our kids – we've got to ask ourselves;
“What are we doing with our lives?”
Over here there's a really bad habit of putting things off… don't do it! I'm guilty of that… I have to constantly evaluate what changes can be made today – not just for my future – but also for my kids!
And what does the future hold?
A time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth. — John 4:23,24
Focus and make a difference in your life and in your family. Learn to help them pass God's test!
All the best,