Last week I was working on a lesson for teen girls about "being comfortable with being uncomfortable." I wanted to teach them that if they're going to make right choices, they're often going to feel left out and different. That's ok.
But it occurred to me that this life lesson should start when our children are young, not teenagers.
It would be so easy to give in and let my kids participate in whatever behavior it is. After all, at their young ages it's usually nothing horrible. And like most moms, I want my kids to be happy.
But then again, I tell myself that this is good for them. This is good for us. We all need to get comfortable, now, with being different. Until the day they leave home and hopefully after, there will be many times that I or their daddy or the Lord will require them to be different. How can I expect them to be "set apart" as teenagers if I don't set the stage now?
"Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think..." Romans 12:2
So mamas, don't be afraid to do that thing differently. Maybe it's not signing up for every sport or saying no to that movie or continuing naps past the expected age. I don't know! It's easy to go with the flow and parent the way everyone else does... but it's not necessarily wise. I believe we need to get our little ones comfortable with being different than their peers. May we train them well in the little things so one day they'll be bold, brave trailblazers for God's Kingdom. When that day comes, they'll thank us.