"I want it my way!" Yeah well, join the club. We all want things to go our way. As parents, I'm sure you have battled this for years! I am thankful today that I did not always get my way!!

This week at the Well, we are talking about a brave warrior, a man loved by his masters- Naaman. Naaman is the commander of the army of the King of Aram. I mentioned this man on Sunday and I just have been convinced ever since that the Lord has a message for our students. 

Naaman's world is plagued by a pretty personal problem. He has a skin disease, most likely leprosy. Under his armor is a plague that lies deep within, that is spreading and will one day take his life. It's crazy to think that for someone so capable of defeating other armies, he lies defenseless to that which is killing him inside. 

Oh how this is so very true for us. We are pretty capable people. We have many strategies for our wins and successes. Yet each of us as humans are completely incapable of making ourselves good again. The disease of sin within us has only one cure. 

Naaman wanted to be healed. He traveled a long way and brought many gifts. He had his healing all planned out. How Elisha the prophet would perform the healing and what a show it would be. But getting things his way would only lead to his death. Naaman had to humble himself and obey the prophets words to see the healing come. It wouldn't come easy, it wouldn't happen his way- but it would happen. 

This week we want the students to consider their heart before the Lord. That they would humble themselves under the mighty hand of God for the Lord opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. We want the students to break free from things that plague them so that they will be set free to minister to those around them!

As parents this week, help your students to foster a humble place before the Lord. Talk with them about the things that may be plaguing them and seek the healing that only the Lord can provide. It is so important that they know the journey with the Lord is not always easy and that perseverance is a daily aspect of the Christian's life. 

I am thankful for you each. I am praying for you and your family as we get closer and closer to the Christmas season. 

As we journey, 

-R