Increasingly powerful Big Brother, Stazi-like stories (in our country) coming up almost every day, power grabs, high-ranking officials whose values are opposite mine, enemies within our country and without, empire building, economic troubles.
Sometimes I wish I could travel back in time a hundred years and guarantee my children and grandchildren some relative safety from the increasingly socialistic government. But to what? The fever of 1917? World War I? The Great Depression? World War II? The drafting during Vietnam? The Cold War?
Then I realize that there is no time or place that was truly void of danger and heartache.
And I remember Christ’s words. “There will be wars and rumors of wars.” (Matthew 24)
There have always been wars, and there will always be wars – until Christ’s return.
We live in a fallen world.
I’ve been thinking about this ever since I was pregnant for the first time.
And it crosses my mind every time I read another frightening news article.
And while sometimes I find myself paralyzed with fear for my children, I need to remember some important truths.
1. God has put Them Here, at This Time, in This Place, for His Purpose.
I remember the first time I voiced my fears to my husband. I was pregnant, and I was sorry to bring my little baby into a messed up world. He responded concerning the baby. “He/She will be part of the solution.” It changed things in my mind. Godly children who grow into godly men and women can make a difference for the better. I’m not raising victims. The goal is to raise leaders and lights.
2. I Can Prepare My Children.
I don’t know if my children will face persecution for their faith or have to survive an economic collapse, but I can help prepare them to the best of my ability. My husband (who is into that stuff) has already started teaching our 4 year old about survival, and we work on verses, the Romans Road, and a toddler catechism a few times a week so they will not be deceived.
3. My involvement in Politics Makes a Difference
In the future I need to write about the incredible usefulness of political involvement. You can make a MUCH bigger difference then you think! For this post, suffice it to say that even in large cities VERY few people get involved, and just a few passionate people – willing to give a few hours here or there can get a good candidate elected. (Couple of decades of experience speaking here.) This summer my son and daughter joined us at our state caucus, and all the kids helped with a parade. If only 10% of Christians got involved, we’d have a very different political lay-out.
4. What is the Worst That can Happen?
In her super good book “Calm My Anxious Heart” Linda Dillow suggests thinking to the end of your worry – and then giving it to God. Ask, ‘what’s the worst that could happen?’ The worst that could happen as the economy continues to plummet is that my children will not enjoy as much comfort as I did as a kid. We may need to work really hard just to survive. (That’s not really a bad thing! They will probably have much better character then I do!) And the worst that could happen (in a war or economic collapse) is that my children could die – and then they will be with Jesus. They will no longer be in pain. They will be in Heaven. And in a thousand years, it will be a distant memory. This life is a vapor!
5. I Need to Trust God
Ultimately, it always gets back to trusting God. I need to remember that my little ones are truly HIS; not mine.
He loves them more then I do.
He placed them here for this time. He has a perfect plan for them.
My job is simply to prepare them for whatever that plan is. (–By HIS grace, HIS wisdom, and HIS strength.)