We often say that children are the best recorders but the worse interpreters. As I rethink that statement, I think I would say it differently. Human beings are the best recorders but the worse interpreters. I have also been taught that when a “small’ human being is hurt, the belief that was adopted can be more damaging than the actual event. (Whether it is perceived or reality) When you are looking at a past hurt, it is very important to ask Jesus, “What did I believe about myself when this event happened?” Or “What did I believe about other people or the world or you when this event happened?” But don’t forget to ask him, “What do YOU say? What is the truth? What do you want to show me about this event?” The bible says, “The truth will set you free.” I know that verse is used in many different ways but let me remind you Jesus was the first one to say it! And HE means it! When we hear what HE says about us, HE begins to heal the distorted belief system that has affected our entire life. HE says, “I AM A REDEEMER!”
Exodus 6:6 – “…I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from their bondage. I will also redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.”
Jeremiah 15:21 – “So I will deliver you from the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem you from the grasp of the violent.”
Psalm 26:11 – “But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity; redeem me, and be merciful unto me.”
Finally, if someone, child or adult, is acting out; many times it is because they are in pain. As the title of my next books says, “There is a reason.” If the person acting out is you; ask God, “What is really going on here?” “What is behind this behavior or pain?” If it is someone else acting out, ask God to give you HIS eyes to love them and minister to them. Encourage that person to get to the root of the pain and allow Jesus to redeem it. It’s what HE does best!