“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. “ Philippians 1:6 ESV
This week I send my firstborn to kindergarten. When I was a new mom, someone told me that the days are long and the years are short and I feel no truer words are spoken about the early childhood years. I look forward to watching him gain knowledge and independence yet if I’m honest, I actually have quite a few fears about this new journey he’s on. Did I pick the right school? Should I have homeschooled him instead? Maybe I should have been willing to pay private school tuition to keep him in a Christian environment. Will he make friends? Will he decide he hates school and be the problem child?
In my own life, it’s easy for me to claim Philippians 1:6. I am a work in progress. I know that God will continue to work on me and refine me until I stand complete before Him. Yet why is it so hard for me to let go of my child and trust that the same God will be faithful to work in his life? Every mom I’ve talked with in this same season of life has similar struggles. We hold ourselves responsible for how our kids turn out. We agonize over every little decision, secretly convinced that if we put them in the wrong activity, in the wrong school, or even can’t get them to eat a perfectly balanced healthy meal every single day, then their lives will end in abject failure and it will be our fault.
This is what society teaches us. But thankfully, the bible teaches a much different story. We can trust that God will finish the good work He has started in our lives and in our children’s lives. We can and should prayerfully consider big decisions but realize that any control we hold is an illusion. God is in control. We can make all the wrong decisions and God can work it for good. We can make all the right decisions and still have a wayward child that we have to depend on God to draw back to the truth.
So as you start this new school year, pray fervently for your kids. But leave your fears and anxieties at God’s feet. He’s the one really in control.
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When you find yourself worrying about your children, pray first for God’s presence in their lives and seek Him as you make decisions for them.
Heavenly Father, you will complete the good work you began in me and in my children. Help me to trust you through hard circumstances and realize that you are in control of how my kids turn out, not me.
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