Children often get caught up in worrying about things. It can be little things like what clothes they are going to wear tomorrow or big things like whether their parents’ marriage is in trouble. As parents, it is important to notice this worrying and teach our children how to handle their worry and concerns. You might ask why? What’s the harm in a little worry and concern for others or themselves?
The problem with worry is that it can spread like an infectious disease. It starts with a little concern for something and can snowball into anxiety, stress, and complete lack of concentration. Children don’t know how to control their worry or even know that they should. They think about the things around them and what could happen if things change. Children examine their immediate future and try to figure out how they can control it.
As parents, we need to know that God tells us not to worry. Of course, we do not always listen and our sinful nature takes over a majority of the time. God has promised to take care of us and to be with us in time of trouble. Psalm 50:15 says, “Call upon me in the day of trouble, I will deliver you and you will honor me.” God is always in control and he will do what is best for us. We hear God tell us in Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, wo have been called according to his purpose.”What a wonderful comfort that is for us. Our sinful nature tells us to doubt and worry constantly. However, God is right by our side reminding us of his reassuring promises.
It is important to share this with our children. They need this comfort as well. Children need to know that God is in control of their lives. He is right there beside them and anytime they want to talk to him he is only a prayer away. Why wouldn’t we share this wonderful news if it is a wonderful comfort to us? Let’s teach our children not to worry about our troubles but take them to God instead. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7) God’s promises and faithful words are the cure to all our worries.
Dear God, Help us to push our doubts and worries away with your reassuring promises. We know we can take all of our cares and concerns to you and lay them at your feet. Thank you for your faithfulness and love! Amen.