I’ve recently come across the term called “The Strawberry Generation” which is used in Asia to describe people born between 1981 and 1991, who just like strawberries, bruise easily under pressure. It is said that children of this generation are often overprotected by their parents, spoiled and selfish. Similarly, we have the Gen Y in the western world. My thought is that if this is what’s happening to the teens and young adults now, then what will it be like when my children enter their teenage years, which really isn’t too far away. How should I teach and guide them so that they don’t end up being just the smart brains yet having no clues about responsibilities, humility, diligence and respect?
1 Samuel 16:7, “The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” I want my children to understand that their self-worth is not based on the outward such as academic achievements or talents, but their self-worth is developed through understanding their value in God and being confidant of His love. Yes, I know it is easier said than done. At times, I feel the pressure to compare my children with others, quietly wishing that they could be “better”, “smarter”……but deep in my heart, I know what I really want for them, that they will love God with all their hearts, serve Him with all their might, and pursue His call with all their lives. In saying this, I recognise fully that I NEED GOD, need His grace, need His wisdom, and I’m thankful that He’s given me the responsibilities as well as the privileges of parents.