We all make mistakes but have hope in Christ

Whether you are or aren’t a cricket fan, I’d expect you are aware of the issues and the hype surrounding the actions of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft when representing Australia as part of our men’s national cricket team.

I encourage you to use this as an opportunity to speak with your children. I think there are a number of important messages for children from this:

  • We will all make mistakes
  • We should forgive
  • There is no mistake that can separate us from God
  • (as parents to our children) There is no mistake that means you aren’t welcome in my house

It is crucial for children to understand that they will make mistakes and that it is okay for them to make mistakes. During pre-adolescence and adolescence risky behaviour increases. Of course, with risk comes mistake and it’s going through these times that people develop experience and wisdom.

As we consider Easter and Jesus’ death on the cross for us, paying the price for our sins, making up for our “mistakes”, it is liberating to remember that there is no mistake so big or so public or that can be seen by so many people online that can’t be forgiven by God and that isn’t covered by the sacrifice that Jesus has already made.

Romans 8:38-39 should take away so much anxiety for young (and old) “mistake-makers”.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

As a parent, I see enormous value in telling your children that they can always come back to you regardless of the mistakes that they have made. Children knowing that they can call you at any time for any problem is so important for them now and into their future and whilst many parents know it, not all children are told it.

Enjoy Easter with your family. Thank God for his forgiveness and love made available through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus that means eternal freedom for us.

Mr Colin Wood
Head of Middle School