I’ve met so many parents who blame themselves for their children wandering from God. Being a parent is tough. God has given us a huge responsibility that we can’t fulfill without him! And if you are bearing the burden on your own, it’s time to ask God for help. The reality is that even God, who is perfect, was rejected by Adam and Eve. That’s free will. Our children have it too. And while we can do our best to set a foundation that is based on biblical truths, our children will grow up and make decisions that sometimes cause us grief.
So, what do you do if your adult child wanders from God
- Pray and fast. It worked for Saint Monica! It has been said that she gave birth to her son, Saint Augustine a 2nd time, spiritually, through her tears and her prayers. Prayer is powerful. Never doubt it.
- While it’s important to challenge them, don’t let your relationship become all about that. When you evangelize family members, remember that it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Keep loving them. Keep those doors of communication and friendship open.
- Never lose hope. Even if you don’t get to see your kids come back while you’re on earth. Never lose hope that they can die in his grace. Why? Because God loves your kids more than you. And he’ll never stop working harder than you to bring them home.