An new edition of the much loved story by Max Lucado, Just In Case You Ever Wonder, recently arrived in my mailbox. This book is a good read for a new generation of children.
As often happens, I noticed a thread connecting this story to a stream of thought beginning to run through my head. This theme is emerging through the media I am consuming and things people are saying around me. Wholeheartedness.
Not Enough. Shame
Feelings of inadequacy and shame seem to creep up at an early age in our children. There are many ways that the venom of shame enters their minds. Sometimes it creeps up at school, at the park, or even at home. As parents and grandparents, one of our important tasks is to replace shame with truth, building resiliency and wholeheartedness into our kids.
Resiliency can help a child tell shame to stop right there, and not seep down into the heart. Actually, shame resiliency can kick shame right out the door.
Stories are perfect for sowing truth and wholeheartedness before shame and fear have an opportunity to take root in the hearts of children.
Books like “When God Made You” and “Just in Case You Ever Wonder” are tools to have on your shelves so that you can regularly sow words of truth into the minds of your children.
“The same hands that made the stars made you.
The same hands that made the canyons made you.
The same hands that made the trees and the moon and the sun made you. That’s why you are so special. God made you.”
I’m thankful to have been given this new edition of Just In Case You Ever Wonder. The illustrations are soft, colorful and soothing. The words are timeless. And this will be another tool I use to sow resiliency into the kids in my life.
Thank you to FrontGate media for the complimentary copy of Just In Case You Ever Wonder, in exchange for this review.