This post on Restoring the Years have made me think. The world is full of evil. In all actuality my own family is full of evil. (okay, not my family that lives in my house right now) So I guess in our house things get talked about more often than maybe someone else's. Our boys doctor told us we needed to be open with our children (age appropriately) about the evil's in our family. Reason, they need to know that if something should happen to us, and say my parents decided to try and get custody of them, NO WAY!!!!! He is old enough, and he needs to know things because he would be able to stand up against it. Okay, I've said all that for this.
These horrific things have happened in the past few weeks. I'm talking about the school shootings. It is unimaginable to me. However, Restoring the Years point was that we need to teach our children to live for eternity. Didn't Paul say it best, "to live is Christ, to die is gain"
If we have assurance of salvation, what is there to fear in dieing. Now, don't get me wrong, I don't wake up everyday and think, "oh, it would be nice to die today", or "oh, I just can't wait until my husband and children die" Not at all. In fact, I tell my husband about once a week, "you know I'm just not ready for you to die." However, if our home for eternity will be with our Heavenly Father, why do we fear.
Okay, now back to why I was even posting this crazy post. One day we were talking to our oldest son about the sovereignty of God. Rob asked Jordan something to this effect. "If you were diagnosed with cancer what would your response be?" Of course at first he said, "that would be awful." Then he thought for a moment and simply said, "well, if that is what God wants me to go through then obviously he'll help me get through it." WOW!!!! He is only 12. I guess he does understand the sovereignty of God. God is in control of all things all the time. Now, don't get me wrong, we should not just be like "whatever will be, will be." Not at all. We should weep with those that weep and rejoice with them when they rejoice. And by no means do I think we should tell someone who is going through a hard time, "oh, it was ordained by God." That is not what they need to hear at that moment. We should lift them up in prayer, and be a comfort to them.
I guess I said all that to say this. We should raise our children with eternity in mind. Our primary purpose is to glorify God and enjoy him forever. He is sovereign and in control of all things all the time. We should not live in fear, for HE hold us in his hands and will never let us go.
I hope this doesn't leave anyone with the thought that I'm morbid or crazy. I'm not sure if I even expressed myself properly. I hope this makes some sense.