Do your children know of their intrinsic value? I'm not talking about telling them how well they're performing. I'm talking about how valuable they are to God and to you. If you are a father who is performance-oriented and you place your expectations on your children, they may grow up to be successful because of the striving attitude you've taught them; but they'll never be able to rest in the worth they have simply because they're breathing.
God has called everyone into being. His desire was for all of your children to be born, and He calls them good. As a father, you are to carry on His attitude toward them. You're commanded to build in them, by the power of the Holy Spirit, a knowledge of His love and acceptance of them. You're to show them they are accepted just as they are and not for what they do. It begins with teaching them how much you appreciate them as His representatives.
If you are not in the habit of affirming your children and have set a course where they need your approval to maintain their worth, they're on the road to a life of needing that approval even after you're gone. If they don't have it, they will need to find it from some other source. Many lives are spent seeking approval of some kind because you, as a father, haven't established God's kind of approval in them through your words and actions toward them.
Begin now! Seek the Lord as to how you can be used to change the course of the direction of the lives of your children. Ask Him to show you the wounds you may have already caused and how He wants to use you to heal them. Commit to creating an atmosphere of affirming their worth with your words and actions, so they are free to be who they are. Give them the freedom to fail without your disapproval. Give them the freedom to live their lives, not yours. Show them Jesus through your attitude toward them. You will be amazed at how beautiful they really are.
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