“But you promised!” I’m sure most parents have heard these words spoken in disappointment and desperation by their children at one time or another. Parents don’t set out to break promises (or what a child has interpreted as a promise). Nobody can say they have kept every promise made. Sometimes we forget and sometimes it may be due to circumstances beyond our control. Whatever the reason, most of us feel bad when it happens.
This time of the year, it’s easy for children to turn the “maybe”, the “let’s wait and see”, or the “possibly” into an expectation of a promise. It becomes even more important to talk about what Christmas is really about. By including our children in opportunities to bring joy and love into the lives of others, we can take some of the emphasis off of the secular Christmas we are surrounded by. Helping our children experience being the love of Jesus in the lives of others will help them see the joy in the true meaning of Christmas.
The only promises that are true are God’s promises to us.
“For God so love the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
It may be difficult for us to see and understand how this is accomplished at times, but God has promised it and He will deliver. – Dee Ann Lord, Family & Children’s Ministry Coach