Jesus modeled this 4th parenting principle that ‘that our children can handle what life throws at them’.
Jesus allowed the disciples to go through the process of failure, discovery and success. In Luke 9 we find out that Jesus allowed His disciples the chance to cast out a nasty demon from a boy. The result was told by the boy’s father.
“I begged Your disciples to cast it out, and they could not.” (Luke 9:41
Jesus had provided training and examples of how to do this but this apparently was their first try and they failed. Later we read that Jesus gave the disciples another chance and the result was completely different.
The disciples “returned with joy, saying, ‘Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” (Luke 10:17)
Jesus believed in His children and showed them that they could handle what the world was going to throw at them.
When my son Nathan was 11, we climbed a huge peak at Lake Tahoe, CA. It was too tough a climb for him, but with my help, he gutted it out and made it to the top. To this day, that is still an achievement he points to in his childhood.
Just like the disciples Nathan gained confidence from that incident that he can handle what life throws at him.
So don’t miss any opportunities to show your children that you believe in them and they can handle what the world throws at them even. They will learn to believe it too.
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