How can I nurture my child’s self-worth?

Psalms 139-13-14

How can I nurture my child’s self-worth?

Create a sense of God-worth

Kids somehow get the impression that God is concerned only about doing right and wrong. They think, Sure, God loves me, but it’s a lot easier for him to love me if I behave.

True security comes from knowing God loves us no matter what. That’s evidenced by the fact that God stays with us all the time (Psalms 139:7-12). We can never get away from him – and when we understand what God is really like, we wouldn’t want to. Our God created us to be with him and to be protected by him. He never stays at a distance.

Another reason God loves us is that he created us (Psalms 139:13-17). The things other kids make fun of (thin hair or big feet) are things God thought were a good idea. If God thinks our physical appearance is good, who should criticize?

The truth is, God can’t take his eyes off us! He has kept a record of what we do as if it were a huge baby book (Psalms 139:16) written in advance. Our God is fascinated with us and delights in us. Not only does this make us feel better about ourselves, but it pulls us toward a fascination with God. (See also 1 Samuel 17:24-54; Luke 15:11-32; Ephesians 1:3-14; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15).

Word to Remember: You are the one who put me together inside my mother’s body, and I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me. – Psalms 139:13-14

Resources: The Bible for Today’s Christian Woman

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