This week, there was absolute horror in Afghanistan as Marines and Afghani citizens were killed in a senseless manner. It rocks your world when you wonder how these things happen, how we didn’t stop them, how we have let evil have such a foothold in the world? Political and economic climates, climate change, moral ambiguity, and endless atrocities make it easy to worry about your child’s future. It’s easy to think why should I bring someone into this world when it’s such a mess. Why subject them to the evil that the world has welcomed?
I would argue this, your child was born exactly when they were meant to. The trials, the tribulations, whatever state the world is at when they grow up, is exactly the world they were meant to be in. Just as you were born in the right time and the right world to raise your child. Each generation has the capability to handle what’s ahead. So why fear for your child? Instead, let’s encourage the next generation to be brave, to be courageous, to know they CAN make the difference the world needs.
If the world does get worse, if it continues to get darker, do you know what your child could do? Your child could become the light this world needs. Your son or daughter could be that person that saves the life of someone in need, brings water and food to a nation in need, invents a life saving medicine or becomes a doctor who saves people each and every day. Your child could help bring peace to a local community, peace in a time of war, kindness where evil has been so present. Sometimes, the darker and scarier the world gets the more your light can shine. So I encourage you to raise your kids to be that light. To not be scared of what the world will become or what might happen. But to have courage and be brave. Be strong and do good for your neighbor. There is so much potential in this world. I don’t fear that my daughter will have a bad or horrible future. Instead, I have hope that she will bring joy, love and grace to the world and lead others to Jesus. She was born for such a time as this!
At the end of the day, I pray my daughter is courageous. I pray she is brave. I pray she is endlessly kind. It only takes one to start a positive revolution. I urge you to raise your kids to be the kind of people who change the world for the better. You never know what they were born to do on this earth!
Some verses I hope encourage you!
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let your hearts not be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27