Jesus modeled this 4th parenting principle that ‘that our children can handle what life throws at them’.
Jesus knew that this earth was not ultimately the home of His children for they were heavenly citizens. No matter what life would throw at His children, He would come back and take them to be in their heavenly home and they could take courage in that.
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:1-4a)
Jesus’ disciples would go through a lot during their earthly journey, but all the while they would be encouraged that no matter how big the trials were, this was not the end. Even if they had to give their lives, Jesus had promised to come back and bring His children to their final home with Him in heaven.
Sometimes it is difficult to talk to our children about death, but if we parent like Jesus, we will encourage our children with the fact that physical death is not the end but the next step in life. Like on earth God has a plan for them, so in heaven He has a plan. We can help take away anxiety from them for living this life here on earth by reminding our children of this fact.
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