My 8 year old is an amazing young man. He is genuine, compassionate, and full of life – most of the time. But every now and then something hurts him to his core and that is hard for this mama to handle. It’s tough to know I can’t take those hurts away and that he has to learn to process them as he grows. It’s tough to see him question his value and worth because of words spoken to him.
Recently, a close friend of my son’s told him he wasn’t a very good artist. It really hurt him. I’ve tried to explain to him that art is whatever you make and that everyone does it differently. He may not become an illustrator, but he can have fun making art. This week he’s been working on a project for school and this all came up again. “Mom, I’m not a very good artist, I can’t really do this project.”
My goal is not to shield my children from negative comments (although as a mom that thought does pop into my head) but to teach them their identity in Christ. I want them to know that they don’t need to carry the burden of another person’s hurtful words. I want them to look to Jesus and see that they were created perfect, in his image. I want them to know the truth of the Gospel – Jesus died and rose again so they could be forgiven and free.
So, we scraped the lesson plan for today and focused on matters of the heart. We took a Veggie break and watched “A Snoodle’s Tale”. This is by far my MOST favorite Veggie Tale. The fact is it has no veggies at all, but Snoodle’s instead. If you haven’t seen it, it is a must see. It is a brilliant allegory about creation, redemption, and God’s perfect love. Love that heals, love that takes our pain, love that lightens our load.
I know that life will bring hurtful words from time to time. I pray that my children learn to give those hurts to their creator and hold on to the truth about who he created them to be.
Psalm 139:13-14 “For you formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.”
Genesis 1:27 “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”