Back To School Prayer Challenge, Day 6: A Self-Controlled Student
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
~2 Timothy 1:7
Self control. Is there anything parents long for more in our young children than self control? Any mom that has witnessed the tantrum of a three year old over the smallest thing — knows that self control is a huge milestone! But, while it may get less ridiculous with age, self control is usually a life-long struggle. So today, we’ll be praying that our kids are able to show self-control in school this year.
My daughter is five, going on eighteen. The other day, while shopping at Target, she walked up to me with a training bra on a hanger. She says “Hey mom, I’m not totally sure, but I think that I might be close to needing one of these!”. I wish you could’ve seen her – the hanger itself was wider than her shoulders – it looked hilarious. Rebekah is a tiny girl with a giant personality. It’s one of the things that I absolutely love about her! But I know, as she starts kindergarten, that she will probably get in trouble because of that personality! She has a really hard time withstanding the temptation to talk – when she shouldn’t. And when she gets angry, her toes curl under, her knees lock, and she hits her boiling point. We talk with her about self control and we try to help her get it right, but most of the time, she gives in the temptation to melt-down or say one more thing.
It is my prayer though, that the Lord will help her follow the rules in her classroom, listen to her teacher, and respect her classmates. All of those things will take self control. It’s a different set of challenges with older children – they need self control when they have disagreements with friends, don’t agree with the ref’s call in their basketball game, or are dating someone. Instead of praying for each and every potential situation they may face where self control is needed, let’s pray that the Lord will hold them close to the values and beliefs they have been taught at home. We want the values to win out. So if Rebekah is tempted to talk while the teacher is talking, I want her to remember that we’ve taught her to respect her elders. When she gets angry about doing her homework, I want her to remember that the Bible says to obey your parents. I could go on, but you understand.
Praying today that our kids will choose self control over the temptation to do the wrong thing. Tomorrow we’ll be praying for our kids to be joyful this year!