They are watching us . . .
What are our kids seeing? What are they hearing us say?
Does it line up with scripture?
Mom does set the tone of the home.
If mom is in a bad mood, everyone is downcast.
If mom is happy and excited, it rubs off on everyone in the house.
We have just gone through one of the most historical elections EVER! Some of us are in shock and some of us are overjoyed. No one is apathetic.
The weeks leading up to the elections, I tested a theory. I set my mind to be overly talkative and engaging about a candidate and I found my kids in the days and weeks to follow were copying me. I heard them talking to their friends about it and even overheard them explaining in detail with enthusiasm to their stuffed animals or talking to themselves in the shower. Some of my kids involved themselves at a party calling center and others participated in a mock election. They felt and were deeply committed to the party and candidate I chose to endorse.
On the contrary, I decided to pick one of the initiatives and be very vocal about it. I choose a side and let my kids know why. Within a matter of hours, all four of my children were heard talking negatively about something they knew very little about. But they were completely influenced by what I had said.
Moms, we have the power to influence our kids - negatively and postively.
While I don't think this is any big news flash to any of you parents, I want to challenge you on the day after of the most historical election in history.
Now that it is all over - what should we do?
We give hope and lead them to either believe the best or expect the worst.
What are you saying to your kids? Are you devastated that your candidate didn't win? Are you overjoyed? Do you see the world, as you know it, coming to an end? Do you believe America is destined for greatness or headed down the wrong path?
I have heard one mom express on social media, "What do I tell my children? How do I look them in the face and explain what has happened on Election Night 2016?"
This is a valid question because whatever we decide to tell them will influence them. If you are sad and angry, they will copy you. If you are sure the world is a bad place, they will follow you down that path. If you put all your trust in one man, you could be disappointed (if it's not Jesus!) Here is a word of caution for all of us, Christian moms.
WE ARE RAISING ROYALTY.
The daughters and sons of the King Most High live in your house. Our job is to raise them to love God, follow after Him and obey His commands first. As I read scripture, I do not see license for us to bash the leaders of our country. On the contrary, God's word is clear on following them, praying for them and being subject to them. (Please don't comment here about Hitler or another corrupt government. I am not going there on this topic. Be reasonable.)
My main objective is to encourage us to think about how we are influencing our kids in regards to God's word. We are God's and not this world's. If we are unsure - the pages of the Bible bring comfort first, before we go out on our own feelings and our own made-up belief system.
Because yesterday began different and ended historically, our kids are watching us. They want to know what and how to believe. If we give them the world's perspective, human wisdom is what they will depend on. If we give them God's words, they can build a life to trust eternally.
Here is what I am telling my kids.
1. God is completely in charge. He has been for centuries and will be long after we are gone. His ways are pure and they are right even when they don't make sense to me. “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings” (Daniel 2:20-21a; cf. vv. 36-38).
2. God is not surprised by the outcome of the election! He knew all along Donald Trump would be president. And God appointed it! We can rest in this truth. Romans 13: 1-7 "Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except by God’s appointment, and the authorities that exist have been instituted by God . . ."
3. We must support and pray for those in power. The Bible says, “I urge then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made … for kings and all those in authority” (1 Timothy 2:1-2) No where does it say to complain about, gossip about or slander an elected official.
Let's all look for the best in others, especially our chosen leaders and encourage our children to do the same. A President only is in office for 4 - 8 years, but the lessons we are teaching our kids will last a lifetime and on into eternity.
So much is riding on what we say and do, moms.
They are watching . . .
~Jeanna Young - When Jeanna is not writing, speaking, event planning, or homeschooling, she can be found scrapbooking her life, redecorating her home, loving on her husband, planning fun events for her kids or eating healthy to stay cancer-free!