Respect (for self, others, and authority) -“Father, grant that my children may show proper respect to everyone, as your Word commands” (1 Peter 2:17a).
Strong, Biblical Self-Esteem - “Help my children to develop a strong self-esteem that is rooted in the realization that they are ‘[YOUR] workmanship, created in Christ Jesus’” (Ephesians 2:10).
Well, it’s happened. Against my best intentions, I got a day behind. I thought about making two posts or just skipping yesterday, but then after seeing today’s topic decided to combine them.
Self-esteem is something I have always prayed my kids would have. So much good or bad can come out of having good or poor self-esteem. We all see the effects of both on a daily basis. However, I love the focus in Ephesians on our children gaining their self-esteem “in the realization that they are ‘GOD’S workmanship’”. I’ve always wanted my kids to be strong, but strong in their identity as Father’s… I couldn’t ask for more for them!
Respect – something we all want, but it can be hard to give when it doesn’t feel deserved. That’s not what we were called to do though. We weren’t called to give respect once the other person has earned it. 1 Peter says that we are to “show proper respect to EVERYONE”.
Can you imagine what people of integrity our children would be if they respected everyone while having their self-esteem rooted in Father? What a powerful witness. Let’s take this opportunity to bless our children, cover them in prayer and know that they are the start of a new generation. A generation of world-changers in the name of our Heavenly Father!
Guest Post- Rachel Theobald