2 Corinthians 12:9
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (ESV).
Research shows that in today’s day and age we spend 40% less time with our children compared to just decades ago. This is data that troubles me deep in my heart. I’m afraid that the mounting pressures of society and the world around us have affected us to the point where we have sacrificed far too much. There is credence to the other side of the debate, I admit, that we are just doing what we need to do in order to survive today’s financial climate. Even though I can acknowledge this, I still disagree.
I pray that in the midst of all of the damage that COVID-19 has inflicted upon our world, that we can learn something from it too and come out of this as better people all-around. I’m hoping that one of things we learn is the ability to slow down and spend more time with our families. Though a huge shock to our way of life and a severe strain on a lot of our finances, I pray that many of us are able to adapt, find another way to live, and sacrifice less time with our families to work.
With this opportunity for increased time at home comes an increased challenge: how do we help our children navigate the murky waters that we find ourselves drowning in? If we ourselves are finding it difficult to figure out what to do with ourselves, how do we help our kids to do that? Thankfully, our faith can offer us guidance in this area.
Proverbs 22:6 reads, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” (ESV). This verse is true ALWAYS, but even more so right now. The best way that we can train our children on how to live is by setting the example ourselves. Our kids eyes are always on us, and they learn much more from our actions than our words.
If our kids see us worrying or freaking out over what is happening in the world, how is that going to make them feel? Confused? Afraid? Drowning in uncertainty about the future? All of the above. This is a time in which we need to dig into our faith more than ever to find the courage, strength, and resolve to stand strong and instill confidence in our kids.
In these times, we are understandably overwhelmed, and we are feeling weak. In 2 Corinthians 12:9 God says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (ESV). It’s one thing to read that verse and say that we need to rely on God’s strength to carry us through, but let’s look at a powerful example from the Scriptures to show us how to do this.
Before His accusers came to take Him away to stand trial and be crucified, Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane with His disciples. He openly expressed His fear and anxiety to them, and went off Himself to pray. He expresses weakness to God, asking Him initially to guide Him on a path not involving the cross. He cries out to God in His weakness, and guess what God does? God fills Jesus with strength enough to say that He accepts God’s will, and will carry it out. Not only that, but we see the true depth of God’s power in Jesus when not only does He step out to face His accusers, but He even finds enough strength to comfort His terrified disciples as well.
In these times, cry out to God with open and vulnerable hearts. Ask Him to fill you with the strength that only He is capable of giving you. Then, we can stand tall in our faith, strengthen our resolve, and be the witnesses to our children that they need more than ever right now. In that, we can lead them by example with the most important thing that they need: faith in Jesus Christ.