Find your quiet place, plop down in your cozy chair with a warm cup of coffee and a doughnut (yeah, I said it) and snuggle under your favorite blanket so you can soak this in.
This time, the article is for YOU, Mom and Dad. Don’t worry – I’ll have more kids’ lessons to come soon, but I think it’s important that we keep ourselves fed full of yummy, spiritual goodness as well. After all, we can’t successfully teach our children about Jesus if we are not spiritually healthy ourselves.
What was the first thing you thought of when you saw the title of this post?
- Was it never having to work again?
- A nice house in the nicest neighborhood around?
- Health so good that you feel like you could swing from chandeliers?
- For your children to have perfect health?
- For your kids to do what you say the first time you say it 100% of the time you say it from here on out (sorry, parents, I had to throw that one in there ;D)?
These are all wonderful things to have, no doubt, but this isn’t “the one thing” I was referring to…
What is it we all want more than anything? Let’s take a deeper look:
- When we’re infants, we long to feel loved by our mothers – that affection and security is crucial to a developing infant.
- When we’re toddlers, we long to feel secure by our parents still – also crucial for a toddler.
- When we’re in grade-school, we look up to our teachers. We want to make good grades. We want to be recognized and feel good about doing a good job.
- When we’re in middle-school, the more friends, the better. We want to be in the in-crowd, because after all, being in the in-crowd brings automatic happiness, right? (hence the sarcasm here).
- When we’re of high-school/college age, we not only try to gain our friends’ acceptance, but we are looking for a mate – someone to spend our life with, show us affection, a lifelong companion – again, we want to feel that security.
- When we find a job, we try to gain acceptance from our co-workers and boss, and usually try to move up the ladder. We again, want to be recognized.
- After we’ve found our spouse and settled down, our biological clock usually starts ticking and we long for children. We probably still long for acceptance from family, friends and even our spouse as we have before.
But it doesn’t stop there. We look for acceptance in not only people, but other areas such as:
- Money – If we have the amount of money we want, will we be on cloud nine? Singing in the rain? Kicking our heels together?
- Status/Fame – We feel that if we can climb the career ladder or gain a higher status/popularity in our community, we will be happier and people will want to befriend us.
- Nice things – “If I could just afford a brand new car instead of this old car I’m driving…(new car smell, anyone?)”, or “If I could just be like the ‘Joneses’, I would be happy.” Does having everything “the Joneses” have make us more accepted?
- Good looks or good health – “If I could just lose 50 pounds and look 10 years younger, I’d finally feel good every time I looked in the mirror.” Is good looks and health the true key to happiness?
- Higher status at work = recognition and security in our job
- Money = never having to want for anything or go without = security
- Good looks = popularity and having lots of friends = security
But there is one source of LOVE and acceptance that is available to everyone:
See more on becoming a Christian here.
- Study and meditate on His word daily.
- Pray daily. Confess any sins and ask him to transform you through the Holy Spirit.
- Attend church. Having a family in Christ helps you to grow in your faith as well.
- Attend Bible Study/Sunday School class to dive deeper into the Bible.