by Timm Heath, Jr.
We parents school our kids so they’ll learn what they need to succeed. Succeed at what? At life—at living. They need to know how to learn a trade and balance a budget, how to put food on the table and raise a family. We want to prepare them for everything the world will throw at them. We want them to know about real life. We want them to live.
But parents know that math, science and English classes aren’t enough to keep their kids alive. The world is already throwing more problems at them than just “Solve for x.” They will be confronted with all kinds of evil. They will get hurt. They will hurt others. They will face depression, anxiety, hatred and self-loathing. They will question the purpose of their lives. They will question their salvation. They will doubt their God. Is God good? Does He hear me? Does He care about me? Did Jesus really save me? How do I know? Does God really exist at all? And they won’t find the real answers they desperately need on Wikipedia.
Parents know what their kids endure because it’s what we all go through. We all struggle with these same fundamental life questions. And if you don’t know the answers, you won’t succeed at life. In fact, you won’t live at all. Apart from the Truth who answers these questions, there is no life.
The only place you and your kids will find these questions answered, the only place you’ll learn about life is at the pierced feet of Jesus, who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Only at Jesus’ feet do we learn that God is good, that He hears us and cares for us and has already saved us. The mortal wounds of the living Jesus are our proof. Only Jesus has the answers you will need for life, your present and eternal life. And Jesus is always teaching them, answering your pain and doubt from the pulpit and altar.
Our human flesh is weak and forgetful. The world is constantly throwing more at us than we can handle, and the same doubts and questions creep back into our minds and hearts. Jesus knows your questions. So come, time and again, to hear. Come, bring your family to sit at the Teacher’s feet, and learn about your real life in Him.