We’ve been talking about preparing our kids to one day leave the protection of our homes and head out on their own into the wide, world of adult life. Jesus’ pray for his disciples before He left the earth is our example in John 17. So far we’ve covered PREP…so today we are on A.
A stands for adversity. We need to prepare our kids to face a world that will very likely not like them. If our kids are truly walking in His light, the world will not understand the way they live. In John 17, Jesus says in verse 14, “I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.”
During a recent conversation I asked my son, “Is there not anything to be ashamed of in your culture?”. “Yes, Mom. Shame for being a believer.” My son has obviously felt the scorn of this world in his life. We need to teach our children that adversity is a natural part of being a believer…it is not strange or unusual.
Recently, while working out on the treadmills at the Y, the lady next to me began discussing born-again Christians and how they were so hypocritical. She suddenly looked at me and then stated, “Oh, yeah, you are one of those!”. I made sure that I shared this incident with my kids so that they know that adults experience ridicule as well.