Should We Teach Our Children Not to Be “Normal”?
“Conformity” is preached all around us. It begins in our educational system whose sole purpose is to prepare our children for entry into society. It isn’t a bad thing, per se, however, parents need to ask themselves whether they want their children to be “normal” or have a supernatural life.
A supernatural life for our children begins with guiding them to the path that God has prepared for them. It is teaching them how to walk in it. It is also ensuring that they do, because the outcome will be beyond what they could have ever imagined. Walking with God means being in peace, harmony, and favor. We live victoriously when we are with God.
It is not to say that we won’t make mistakes, or “miss it” sometimes, but overall, being connected with God means that we will live a blessed life. However, living a God-centered life, is not society’s “normal” life since the world does not understand it. The world will, however, see God’s supernatural manifestation in a person, and want to know how it came to be. This opens up a dialogue to share the gospel.
This being said, as parents, do we want our children to conform to the world’s standards? To an extent, children do need to conform to the world since we do live and need to function in it. Societal norms are not entirely bad, and many govern good, godly behavior. Society will not, however, teach your children godly characteristics, and how to activate the supernatural in your life. It will not teach your children how to follow the call on their lives. Society’s word for “call” is purpose, but their “purpose” for existing is not found in God. Purpose to society is finding what you are good at and living a good life. This does not include living a godly life.
A good life involves finding what you are good at, getting an education, getting a job, and being content. It is working hard (often at the expense of everything else), selfish ambition, and manipulation (if you are honest, there is some degree of it). Many people believe they are good people, and many are self-made millionaires. However, if you look at their fruit, you see areas of disaster, manipulation justified as “it’s just business”, dissatisfaction and burn-out. A good life often doesn’t have the focus of having a good family, great spouse, or wonderful family. It assumes that this is a by-product of having money. The by-product of having money is packaged as if you work hard, you will get ahead and have money. Once you have money, you have freedom. This, however, is not the case.
The reality is that it takes more time to maintain and increase what you have, in most cases, and it’s often at your family’s expense. That is, if you don’t have God.
A supernatural life is one where a person knows what they are called to do, and walk in it. Their life has purpose, and is guided by God. God knows what He designed us to do, and will open doors for us to walk through. Those that listen to God walk in favor, and, as scripture says, God promotes us, not man. God can divinely accelerate a person.
A supernatural life balances work and family. You have more strength at the end of the day because you are leaning on God. Supernatural lives involve doing things in God’s strength, receiving supernatural favor, and being blessed as a result of obedience. Nothing about a supernatural life is “normal”.
A supernatural life does not involve manipulation, as God does not like selfish ambition. It involves ethics, and godly behavior. It involves seeing God as your source, not man, and the results are never normal.
So, which type of life do you want for your children?
This month’s features will focus on how to teach your children to function in this world, but to be on fire for Christ. It will discuss how your children can have a supernatural life and all the blessings that come with it.
Our next issue comes out June 27th, 2016.
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