5 Things I Want My Newborn To Know About God
Nothing changes your life so instantaneously like having your first child. While there were undoubtedly some sleepless nights and a couple of instances where I hopped in my car and forgot where I was trying to go (sleep deprivation will do that to you), being a new parent has most certainly given me a deeper appreciation for God’s love.
When you become a parent for the first time, certain things you thought you knew about God suddenly become crystal clear. I’ve indeed found that to be true. What once was hypothetical, philosophical, or intangible has now become deeply embedded into my daily spiritual walk.
As I meditated on what I want my daughter to know about God I was struck by how similar it was to what I want my daughter to know about me. The traits, truths, and promises that God extends to each one of us are so closely aligned to how I want to be as a father. I no longer wonder why God chose to introduce himself to us as our heavenly Father through Jesus.
Looking to the future, here are the 5 things I hope to impress upon my daughter so that she can grow up with the unwavering confidence that she is loved, cherished, and believed in:
1. Your Value Is Not Tied To What You Produce
“Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, after our likeness’ […] So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:26-27
“What have you done for me lately?” This sentiment runs deep in our modern society, the idea that you are only as good or as valuable as what you can produce. But to God, our value has absolutely nothing to do with what we can offer to Him. It has everything to do with the fact the He made us in His image and that we can enjoy intimacy and fellowship with the Creator.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a superstar athlete, a clarinet player, or a C-student. Your value and your identity are rooted in something much more sacred than that.
2. Suffering Doesn’t Mean You’re Out Of Favour With God
“And we know that for those who love God all thing work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
When life’s circumstances don’t play out the way you hoped, know that God still loves you.
When that boy breaks your heart, and you aren’t sure how to keep going, know that God still loves you.
When your best friend betrays your trust and gossips about you, know that God still loves you.
Life is full of tragedy. God will not always take away our suffering, but He will always offer a shoulder to cry on.
3. You Are Irreplaceable
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:13-14
This thought is an echo of point 1 but is equally important. Just as our value to God is not based on what we can produce, the fact that we often feel unimportant does not make us replaceable.
It’s easy to become disheartened and wonder if God made a mistake when He created you. “If only I were smarter, more attractive, or more outgoing. Then I would have something to contribute. Then I would feel important.”
Here’s the truth – you are irreplaceable. There has never been anyone like you in the history of mankind nor will there ever be anyone just like you in the future. God made you perfectly unique, and you can never be replaced.
4. He Loves To Hear From You
“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” Psalm 145:18
I still remember the first time my daughter looked at me and made a sound. Not just any sound, but her first attempt at talking to me. At that moment my heart melted, and I just wanted to stay there talking to my daughter forever.
It doesn’t matter what she says, or how eloquently, whenever she speaks up I am all ears (and grins).
That is how God feels every time we go to Him in prayer. He loves to hear from us, no matter what we have to say. He will never grow tired of hearing from you, so don’t stop talking.
5. You Always Have A Second Chance
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
I’m always struck by the forgiveness and grace demonstrated in the story of the Prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). The father, who has every right to be angry and disappointed, responds to his son’s return with open arms. There are no conditions to the display of his love and acceptance.
In life, you will make many mistakes. You will fall over and over again. Whenever you think “this is it. Surely God is through with me and doesn’t want me back,” know this – you can always come back to Him. You always have a second chance.
There is nothing you can do to separate yourself from God’s love for you. While there may be times when you shun those affections, nothing you do can change how He feels about you.
Written by Travis Albritton
Travis Albritton is the author of the Amazon Bestselling book “Small Group Leader Secrets” and host of “The Practical Christian Podcast.” Travis lives in Florida with his wife, Andrea, and his daughter, Riley.
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