“Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their lives.”
I was recently reading an article about life truths. A few struck me as particularly powerful:
Toxic, nasty people are projecting their inner misery.
We all want love and acceptance.
Money doesn’t automatically bring happiness.
True fulfillment comes from thinking beyond yourself.
These are a few that I believe have great value in our journey. The Bible is filled with this kind of truth for training our children.
As parents my wife and I always struggled with the level of fantasy vs. reality we should share with our kids during Christmas. I think Easter bunnies, tooth fairies, etc. don’t really grab the deep conviction of trust in a child the way Santa, elves and reindeer do. Maybe it’s the fact that many kids see a real man, a safe, kind grandfather type. Whatever it is, Santa seems to have a much stronger and warmer grip on the imagination of children. Seldom do we hear conversations about when a person realized there was no tooth fairy or Easter bunny but it is rather common at times to hear, “How old were you when you realized there wasn’t a real Santa Claus?” I don’t have a strong conviction about that for anyone else. Mine has actually evolved a bit over the years. I think the origin story of Saint Nicholas can potentially be helpful as well. Look for ways to speak truth about God and the life He has blessed us with. Ignore the lies being perpetrated on us daily. Today hear and share God’s clear truth. It will change you and the world you walk in. #BeTheEdge
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 NIV