Friday, August 10, 2012

Little Miracles


Louis Pasteur said, "When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments; tenderness for what he is, and respect for what he may become." Today I want to talk about the miracle of children. Society today does not recognize children as a miracle, they may recognize them as gifts, but that is about it. Children are often treated like little presents, wrapped up with a bow on top. They are carried around proudly in the beginning just like a new toy the week after Christmas. Mid-February Christmas toys often are set aside and played with from time to time if the child thinks about it. Children are treated much the same way when the novelty wears off and the monotony of everyday life filled with diapers, baby food, and an absurd number of toys sets in.

 Being a parent is not an easy job in an ideal situation. In a world where the ideal situation is almost nonexistent, being a parent is a battlefield (and not because of the kids). This world offers a million and one stumbling blocks, carefully placed on the cracks of parental involvement. So let me say here and now that CHILDREN ARE NOT ACCESSORIES. They are not just the “next step” in life after graduation and marriage.No amount of cute facebook pictures will make up for not investing in the lives of children. When I say invest I mean, get involved. Push your children to be the best possible version of themselves, whatever that may look like.

Children are future adults. They will grow up to be the leaders of tomorrow. It is the job of parents to ensure that each child receives appropriate attention and nurturing for emotional, spiritual, and physical needs. This takes planning and preparation. I believe that prior to marriage couples should discuss child raising to ensure that they are on the same page. I think that couples should begin to pray for their children long before they have them.
Psalm 127: 3-5 says, “Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from Him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.” Children are a reward from God, a reward that when properly used are like arrows in a warriors hand. WOW! 
Praying for your kids is important, I pray now for my future children. But what I am coming to realize as I read about Christian parenting is that children are the only thing that we leave behind that matters. My children could offer solace to the hurting, my children could give to the needy, my children could be world changers but most importantly my children will be weapons for the glory of God’s kingdom. We have been given the awesome responsibility of bringing up the next generation of Christians who will witness to the world. That requires so much more than a facebook update about how awesome my kid is, or an instagram picture of my kid in a cute outfit.
C. Everett Koop says, "Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation.” As Christians we need to be intentional in our interactions with our children to ensure not only their success but to guide them along their path in glorifying the kingdom of God.

10 comments:

  1. Well thought out and well said!
    Liz

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    1. Thanks Liz! Your words of encouragement lift my spirits.

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  2. Woot, woot! I am out here cheering for this post! I have always been dismayed by couples who have children as accessories. Grrrrr. It is a tremendous privilege and responsibility, and is also filled with an abundance of fulfillment and joy. It is absolutely about being intentional, learning all you can from older moms, praying and providing a good example, and doing the best you can.

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    1. Kim,
      Intentional is a word that I have been hearing a lot lately. I think there may be a post soon dedicated to just that one word. Thanks for checking out the forgiven former feminist!

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    1. Tori,
      Thanks for checking out the forgiven former feminist!

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  4. Children are not an accessory or the next thing. So true. Absolutely and amen. The are our greatest treasure and our life's work.

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    1. Mary Beth,
      I think more people need to realize the gift that children are, the privilege that is parenting. Thanks for stopping by the forgive former feminist!

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  5. So many wonderful reminders in this post. Thank you for linking up to the Thrive @ Home blog hop!

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  6. Oh, this is beautifully stated. Our children are our future. Raising them to be emotionally, mentally and socially stable is preserving the best in our world. Thank you for sharing!

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