The Difficulties of Life
We began three weeks ago discussing how to raise Godly children with a strategy I called “TRAIN.” This week I want to discuss the “I” portion of that strategy. The “I” stands for I must allow God’s refining process to be complete in my life and that of my children.
The Bible teaches us that trials enhance the spiritual growth of our children and ourselves. James 1:2-4 tells us to “Count it all joy when you fall into different trials; knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience. But let patience have its complete work, that you may be complete and entire, wanting nothing.” Our natural tendency is to do all we can to escape trials and to keep our children from them as well.
However, the reality is that the trials come anyway. These verses in James remind us to let them run their course so that we might grow spiritually stronger. The same holds true in raising our children. This is especially true for our children when the trials they find themselves are of their own making.
I want my children prepared for the difficulties of life and James reminds me that the only way to do so with great benefit later on is to allow the trial to have its complete work in their lives. In verse 4, James uses the phrase “wanting nothing.” That does not mean having everything you may want but instead means being spiritually mature in their faith.
There is an old adage that mirrors what James is saying when it states: “We must prepare our children for the road and not the road for our children.” In other words, we cannot solve every problem, and pick every personality and situation that we believe is best for our children and expect our children to be ready to face the difficulties that this life will bring.
On another note, the Cornerstone Annual Kick-Off has begun with a great start. I have been so blessed to see so many of our families stepping forward to give. The campaign of “I Am a Reason” is so relevant when we consider that there are almost 1200 reasons (students) to give in an effort to support the cause of Christian education at Metrolina!
Please continue to pray, promote, and participate in the Cornerstone Kick-Off as we attempt to finish this year’s annual fund drive very strong. God is up to some really big things on our campus and your support is making all of that possible!