What Should You Do When Your Kid Faces Hardship?

Our senior in high school just got a job working at an historical soda fountain and candy store in downtown Kalispell. They make the best shakes there –the kind where part of the shake comes in a classic fluted glass, with real whipped cream and a cherry on top, and the rest comes in a metal cylinder. So he had this week where everything happened at once.

School all day and then work from 3:30 to 8:00. A fundraiser for his choir trip. A dance. A huge assignment for AP English. And praise team practice.

"I don't feel good," he said yesterday. (So much for AP English.)

"You're exhausted," I said. "Exhaustion makes you not feel well."

I felt so sorry for my baby, and my husband was annoyed at my pity.

"Oh, please," he said. "He needs this."

Of course, Matt is right. Caleb needs to grow in perseverance and learn to put in some long days that aren't easy.

These are the days God uses to help us grow in faith, endurance, and maturity.

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