5 Things to Tell Your Children Every Day by Nick Hall for Christian News Journal
Our children are always listening to us.
Kids are a lot like sponges, absorbing everything we say and do around them. Today, they’re growing up in a society that’s trying to give them dangerous ideas about who they are and what they should believe about their futures.
This can be overwhelming for parents to navigate, but we can intervene.
As their parents, we have to speak louder than the world around them so that our kids absorb what we, and ultimately God, have to say about them instead. I have three beautiful children, and I want them to never doubt even for a moment who they are in Christ and what they mean to me.
There are a handful of things that I prioritize telling my children whenever I have the chance.
ONE: They Are Made in the Image of God. In the book of Genesis, we see that “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). Despite our own insecurities and questions about identity, there is no doubt that we bear the image of the beautiful Creator of the Universe.
I want my kids to know that regardless of how they feel, what they wear, or how others treat them, they are God’s masterpiece, beautiful inside and out. God created them to be exactly who they are, and they will always be enough.
TWO: They Are Loved. Our children need to hear how loved they are. I make sure to tell my children often that their mom and I love them, but that God loves them even more! They are not loved because of what they do, they are loved simply because of who they are—children of God.