I am concerned with the level of “victim” mentality that is present in today’s culture. In some ways, this minimizes the effectiveness of teaching kids to have grit and resilience. It can also cause us to experience problematic mental health issues such as anxiety. While saying that, I also recognize at times, we feel the stress caused by bearing heavy burdens or being the recipients of persecution from those who oppose the truth of God. The Psalmist in Psalm 94 shared this same feeling that resonates with many today. While the author laments the trials and persecution he faces in verses 12-16, he returns in verses 17-19 to the consolation from the Lord.
Psalm 94 12 Blessed is the one you discipline, LORD, the one you teach from your law; 13 you grant them relief from days of trouble, till a pit is dug for the wicked. 14 For the LORD will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance. 15 Judgment will again be founded on righteousness, and all the upright in heart will follow it. 16 Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for me against evildoers? 17 Unless the LORD had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death. 18 When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, LORD, supported me. 19 When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.
We have a growing need for social-emotional and spiritual health in our society today. In our own school community, this need is evident. If this is true of you, please rest assured that when your “foot is slipping,” His unfailing love is there to support you. When anxiety is great within you, the Lord’s consolation will bring you joy.