Learning about where the name “Santa Claus” comes from helps when explaining to your children that there isn’t in fact a big jolly man that comes down a chimney.
Marc Driscoll have an interview a few years back that really comforted me when I felt uneasy ab pretending Santa was real. Paraphrasing his quote.
When we tell our children that Santa,the Easter bunny, and the tooth fairy are real; only to tell them later in life that they aren’t we are building a foundation for them to not believe what we tell them to be true. Now take the Bible, which we as Christians believe to be God Breathed and TRUTH. The stories in this book are actual events, but some of them are downright unbelievable. It takes Faith to believe that they are indeed true. How can we as parents expect them to believe these historical events as truth, when they’re raised to believe something only for us to tell them later it was actually a lie.
Even as I wrote the above I could see the way the enemy uses things that “seem” innocent and fun to discredit us as parents, commanded to teach our children Gods ways.
Also, I want to state this to avoid any debates, if you have not vowed to raise your children in a Bible believing home, then this post doesn’t really apply to you. But if you have, then I hope you consider the foundation of “truths” you are establishing with your children.
~sometimes I just gotta write~
“In order to go forward, I must go back”
When building a bridge each plank must be placed and secure, before placing another one. When I skip ahead and do not secure my footing-everything breaks and I have to go back.
BE STILL – SO I CAN SECURE YOUR FOOTING, BE PATIENT AND TRUST THAT I AM ALWAYS WITH YOU, AND WILL NOT LEAVE YOU- I STARTED A BEAUTIFUL TRANSFORMATION IN YOU- AND WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE YOUR BEAUTY, UNTIL YOU RESEMBLE MY IMAGE IN EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR LIFE! WHEN YOUR BREATH IS MY BREATH – THEN YOU WILL KNOW THAT WE ARE ONE!
From Purpose Driven Life, Day One Question to ponder: In spite of all that is around me, How can I remind myself that life is REALLY about living FOR God, not me?
Constantly reading your Word, surrounding myself by Christ following believers. Read my writings about the countless times you’ve pulled me through ANY situations, not just to get through, but truly and honestly you have revealed so much more about who you are, and why you chose me, you heal areas of my heart that I didn’t even realize were damaged!
I am more because of the trial, storms, destruction, pain and sorrow- never am I less- because you are beyond anything in this world, and just as I created my children to be, (well better versions) of me- you created me, so I can be like You!
I am never less than who I was yesterday, to think I cannot be worthy of anything less than perfection- is how I can remind myself to remember WHOSE I AM-who created me to like him – I pray Lord my selfish heart remembers that I am like you – (well on my way) when I insult myself I am insulting GOD! Forgive me for I did not know!!
~sometimes I just gotta write~