Last night I found my son crying in the tent-fort he'd made from his blankets. Sometimes I ask "what makes you sad?" but this time I asked another question: "What negative phrase is looping in your brain?"
I had seen what had triggered him. He was reading the report card and noting every area that indicated an imperfection. Needing improvement in the "organization" department means that he's a 4th grade boy--it shouldn't mean that you put your chin on your chest and slink to your room like a beaten puppy!
So I knew what had caused him to be sad, but I also suspected that it would be something more "core" than dismay at his report card. When he looked up at me I asked again "What negative tape is playing in your head?"
"It's difficult to love me."
That's my negative tape, not his, but his is very similar. Jesus encountered me last September and helped me into a new identity. I am no longer cursed with the mental refrain of "unlovable." I have broken free!
Let's not have my son listen to this negative tape for 30 years and then break it off. Let's go after it when he's a little guy. He's just a kid. Why does the Enemy take advantage of us when we're weak? Why attack little kids?!
There are appropriate scriptures that help answer this question. Name one in the comments?
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