The world’s definition of “strength” is much different from God’s. For example, our culture defines strength as having one or more of the attributes it values most — money, power, beauty, and fame. Images from the media deluge our children and us with the idea that a successful person is one who is strong in these qualities.

Yet Christ valued none of these attributes. He came to serve, rather than be served, and to give His life for us. The Corinthians did not understand that kind of strength. I wonder whether we are much different?

Reading the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) reminds us who the strong really are — those who do not rely on their own strength, but rather depend on God to supply the power.

Teach your children God’s concept of a strong person — one who surrenders.

Because God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.
Brothers, consider your calling: Not many are wise from a human perspective, not many powerful, not many of noble birth.

1 Corinthians 1:25, 26 HCSB

Taken from: Parenting By Design

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