In the image of God, NOT mom

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My kids are so different!

 I often marvel in the fact that children raised in the same home, parented in the exact same way, can be as different as night and day?

And it’s not just that they are different from each other, they are different from me!!! Try as I sometimes do to shape my kids into perfect little replicas of my ideal self (you know, the one who prefers celery sticks to gummy bears), my kids still do things their own unique way.

And I was thinking…maybe that’s okay.

What if, as a parent, I worried less about teaching my kids “the right” way to do EVERYTHING, (as if I even have a clue what that is), and focused instead on the REASON to do things.

What if I encouraged them to solve problems, think creatively, and value that THEY are made in the image of God and NOT in the image of Mom!

Things might take a little longer, but it could be fun to see what solutions they come up with.

We are all different. Made uniquely and distinctly in the image of God, and EVERYONE in our family has something unique to offer. Even our kids!

Is it scary to think your kids might possess skills and abilities that you may not have?

“A godly leader has the humility to allow his kids to shine and doesn’t have to be the resident expert.” Parenting By Design

 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Romans

12:4-5

Question: How do you encourage your children to be who God created them to be?

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3 thoughts on “In the image of God, NOT mom

  1. This post was amazing. While I don’t have children, I work heavily in the youth ministry in my mission field. The holy spirit is often doing things in them I can not see, God moving in them and teaching them in ways that are remarkable that seem to come out of no where. I’m there planting the seeds, encouraging the growth and God just takes it to the next level with these smart, impressionable children. I think it’s awesome what you were saying about focusing on the “reason” to do things. I love that. I think it’s great you’re doing what you can to let them know they are made in the image of the Lord so they can always rely on that and Him. Great advice. Thanks for this post!

    -Tasha, The Bridge Chicago

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