We live in a dark world. Politics have turned people against each other, evil has become a part of our everyday lives, and sadly God is being pushed further and further away.
I, for one, can’t even begin to imagine the state of the world in future years to come. Our kids deserve a better place to live and this, I believe is not something the government can fix or control. The only way we can change this world for the better is to turn back to God. There are so many ways to change this world for the better and they all start with one name, Jesus.
Let us teach our children about the true meaning of sacrifice, respect, and honor. Jesus died for all of us, even the ones that disappoint, turn away, and destroy. God sent his son to die for you, even if you chose not to follow him. It may sound difficult to follow God in a world full of non-believers, but it’s really not. He asks that you surrender your life to him, and believe. It’s really that simple.
I hope to change the world a little bit each day, and I teach my kids to do the same. Join me, won’t you?
God instructed us to be kind to everyone, even our enemies. I don’t interpret that to mean that we should put ourselves in a weak position, but it does mean we’re called to be nice – even when we don’t feel like it. I teach my children to stand up for others, to speak kindly to those around them, and most of all to pray for those that mock them. Negativity is contagious, but thankfully so is kindness.
Ignore the Negative
As a Christian, I know what it’s like to be mocked and ridiculed for putting my faith above all else. I see the tweets and articles mocking prayer and talking negatively about those that put their trust in God. I see it, but I don’t let it affect me. I teach my children to shake off the negative, ignore the mockers, and depend on God for validation. He sees us when we defend him, He hears us when we pray for those who are suffering, and He provides all the comfort we will ever need.
*If you’re one of the mockers, I ask you this – if I’m wrong about God I’ve lived a beautiful faith filled life with no regrets. If you’re wrong about God than you stand to lose an eternity full of love, joy, and pain free living with your one and only creator. Do yourself a favor and seek God for who He truly is – not based on what you think you know or what the world tells you to believe. Seek Him and decide for yourself.
“For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” Matthew 7:8
I teach my children to speak up if they see something upsetting to them. If a child is without a coat on a cold day, tell the teacher. If they see a kid crying on the playground, offer a friendly hand to help them up. If they feel as though the world is too dark to handle, care enough to make a small difference. Plenty of help in this world is free to us. A smile, a prayer, a wave, a “God Bless you” to a homeless man on the side of the road could change someone’s whole outlook on life. Let us teach our children that we can make a difference in the lives of others. Be less worried about offending someone and more concerned with befriending them.
One thing the next generation deserves to be taught is very simple, yet so very difficult it seems. Respect is more than an attitude, it’s a decision. Teach your children how to respect someone else’s opinion. Teach them to open doors and let others with fewer items go ahead of them in the check-out line. Teach them to respect older people, the life they’ve lived is probably one full of merit and value, and they deserve your respect. Teach them to look someone in the eye when they speak, teach them to put down their phones at the dinner table, and teach them to be kind even when they see no need to do so. Teach them to value others.
Be the Light
The only way to change this dark world we dwell in is to be the light.
Someday when my kids are grown, I hope they will follow God’s plan for their lives. I pray they will have respect for others, show compassion to those around them, and love with all of their hearts. Sin will always be a part of this fallen world, free-will unfortunately allows humans to chose good or evil and sadly they often choose evil. Sometimes though, humans chose good, life, love, and sacrifice. Sometimes they jump in front of others to save them, sometimes they chose to serve others, and sometimes they choose to shine.
The only thing we can change is the status of the darkness by standing up for what’s right. We can shine by showing love to others, defending the weak, and choosing to be the light in the darkness. I teach my children to shine bright with kindness, respect, and love. When you can’t find the light in this dark, sad world we live in together – be the light and teach your children to do the same. Jesus came so that you may have life, and have it abundantly. (John 10:10)
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5