In an attempt to make our children feel as if their lives have meaning, many parents bustle them from countless sports, clubs, and social activities, and then back home for homework, quick dinners and weary evenings. We wake up the next morning and start the day with stress and mayhem…only to live the whole routine all over again.
In the “busyness” and good things we do in life, we often overlook that what our child craves is a sense of personal meaning – some signal that he is truly loved and valued just as he is.
The world often confuses “self esteem” with “worth”. We know today’s teenagers struggle with doubt and feelings of inadequacy, so we create special programs filled with “feel good” language and meaningless accolades. We hand out unearned trophies so that every child “feels like a winner”. In so doing, instead of lifting them up, we reduce the accomplishments of others. Such empty praises actually teach our children to be selfish and self-centered. If we want them to understand that they have real value, we have to give them much more than a cheap trophy.
It is impossible to teach the true worth of human beings absent from teaching them about God.
The public schools are forbidden from teaching about the One that can truly provide our children with a sense of their ultimate value. Instead, they are taught that they exist only as a result of evolution – that they have the same worth as ancient apes; that they are the by-product of an accidental “Big Bang”; or that they are just some advanced form of primordial ooze. Sex education and the media teach our teens that they can’t help but behave like animals in heat, that relationships are disposable, and that “love” is based on fleeting emotions. But, by golly, they should feel really, really good about themselves anyway!
It’s no wonder that so many young people don’t know they are precious individuals with a sacred calling to help better the lives of others.
The most valuable gift you can give your child is to teach her that she is made in the image of God. Every child is fashioned by a loving Creator who knows him and calls him by name. What a powerful message of truth.
The value of human life is most beautifully stated in Psalm 139:13-15:
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.”