If I were a song writer, I wonder if I could write a song as beautiful as this one from Andrew Peterson. As a parent of teenagers, Be Kind to Yourself is something I want to say to each one of my kids.
We all know the challenges that come with the teenage years. Sure, we as parents fret and complain about our teenagers, but let's remember what your teen is going through. There's a battle raging within as they find their place among their peers. The culture is constantly bombarding them with images and stereotypes, and the message that there's always something better if they would just _____________ (Fill in the blank.)
It's not easy. And we too often forget all that they are dealing with; the pressures, the changes, the mistakes. But our kids are gifts. They come from God to remind us of just how much he loves us. And it's our job to remind them of who they are.
I love this song by Andrew Peterson. Be Kind to Yourself, from his album, The Burning Edge of Dawn, release on October 9th, 2015, is one of those songs that when you hear it, the emotions stir up and bring you to a sweet place of pause. Pause as your remember that that you are a parent, charged with the task of loving our children unconditionally. And to encourage them to see themselves, not through the lens of a distorted culture, but through the love and grace of a Creator that see a work of art.
Take a minute to watch this video.
Now, go and hug your kids!
- the higham family
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