Why do we suffer?
The answer is that 99% of the time man is responsible for his own woes.
Action -> consequences -> taking personal responsibility.
Teaching kids to guard their hearts.
Suffering happens when something is out of balance: pride, jealousy, spite, anger…all the afflictions of the human heart that are acted out and plague our minds.
Fruits of the Spirit / renewing our minds / forgiveness.
Teaching kids they can’t control everything, but they can control what they have control over.
Suffering is a state of mind.
Viktor Frankl’s book ‘Man’s Search For Meaning’ describes how people died in concentration camps when they gave up hope; when their life no longer had meaning.
The Bible teaches there is meaning, it teaches perseverance, hope.
But in the absence of suffering your kids will never know, learn, adapt, evolve and strengthen their faith or develop their character.
God blessed us with sound minds that can be exercised.
Look at how Mandela reacted to his situation as he sat in Jail for 27 years, digging up limestone.
Jesus while people were spitting in his face, pulling his hair out, mocking him, jeering him, punching him in the face.
Paul as he sat beaten in jail (He praised and gave thanks, learned to live with and without Phil 4:11-13 is a favourite verse for me).
Ghandi and many, many more I’m sure they can choose from.
Through competitive sports (particularly solo sports like tennis, cycling, triathlon, running)
There is no team mate to pick up the slack in solo sports.
It’s just you and your thoughts (which will always be your biggest adversary).
Look at how Nadal, Federer, Djokovic behave mentally under pressure; it’s what separates them from the rest.
And how they behave in defeat (I’ve certainly never seen Nadal break his racquet in frustration).
In the absence of suffering, your kids will never learn who they really are.
If you look at it, God’s design for spiritual and mental growth is amazingly perfect.
We need suffering to be made more and more in the image of Christ.
Maybe they are too young to talk about generational sin, doorways that open us to torment, and God’s legal system that the Accuser uses to bring pain and suffering on God’s people; for another (non-corona) rainy day perhaps.