Parents – school is JUST around the corner, but you didn’t need me to tell you that did you? Though my kids aren’t school aged just yet, I remember the hustle of school supply shopping (my favorite, I’ll do yours for you…seriously), clothes buying and trying to get back into a routine. I LOVE back to school season. But just like anything new and exciting in our lives, it can be really easy to lose focus on what truly matters.
The Man Foster spent a great deal of time writing a back to school devotional to help you direct your children’s hearts to God during this chaotic season. There are seven days worth of devotionals. He’s provided a page for parents to initially read over for their minds, then a shorter kid-oriented devotional for you to lead your child through. This is a really great resource and we don’t want you to miss it!
Here’s an excerpt of the child portion of the devotional on Identity.
Who You Are is Whose You Are
New shoes. New electronics. New clothes. The latest hairstyles. These things and more you can expect to see on the first day of school. There’s a chance that you have even begun thinking about what you will look like or who may be your friends this year.
These are all normal desires. The desire for acceptance. The desire to be noticed and seen as important by others. But what if you were more than who other people think you are? What if you are more than who you think you are?
No matter what you look like, how many friends you make this year, what grades you get or how many touchdowns you run – you ARE more than all these things!
Isaiah 43:1&4 “But now this says the Lord, He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.
Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life.”
Think about this.
You’re not what you do. You are who you belong to. You are a child of Jesus Christ, if you have faith in Him. You are His. You’re valuable because He says you’re valuable. And His is the only opinion that matters.
Questions for Discussion
What if everything you’re hoping for in this next school year doesn’t come true?
What if you don’t get the acceptance you hope to receive or have a group of friends you hope to achieve?
Who does God say you are?
What does it mean that our identity is in God?
How can you focus on your identity while you’re at school?