- Luke 1:66 (NKJV) “What kind of child will this be?” (Psalm 8:2 \\ Proverbs 17:6)
A few days ago I took my daughter and her family out to dinner. We had a very pleasant evening except for the challenge of trying to get a full-of-life-and-curiosity little boy (my grandson, Rory) to meet the expectations of a room full of “grown-ups”.
Now I’ll be the first to encourage parents to teach their children how to become functioning members of society. To allow them to grow up without discipline and training is spiritual malpractice. (Read the book of Proverbs regularly for help on this.)
However, that evening got me to thinking a little more about the riveting question the friends and family of John the Baptist asked at the ceremony of his name-giving—“What kind of child will this be?”
Where do children fit into our society and life? Since Roe vs. Wade (1973) America has sanctioned the abortions of between 55-60 million babies. Our research on the human gene has helped us to identify “defective” babies in the mother’s womb so they can be “weeded” out. We build entire communities that forbid children from living there and on and on it goes.
I don’t mean to strike a sour note today but I wonder how Jesus feels about all this? I do know there are only a few times the Gospel writers record Jesus being angry and one of those was when the disciples tried to keep children away from him (Mark 10:14). I also know that Jesus was insistent that we must be like little children to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 18:3).
Perhaps all the adults in that restaurant (including myself) would have been better served by changing our behavior some by learning from little Rory instead of insisting by our looks and stares that he conform to our behavior.
Bottom line, our future is no better than what our children become. Forget Social Security or your other retirement investment. If we don’t invest in our children now there will be no society worth retiring to one day.
- The ONE THING for today: It is so easy to insulate ourselves from children; especially after we’ve done our bit in raising our own. Yet a thoughtful study of the Bible shows that children are a major priority to God. Perhaps we’d be better served if we made His priority our priority. The ONE THING for today is: examine your current lifestyle and priorities and answer the question, “Where do the children of the world fit in to this?”
Prayer: Ask God to show you a child to help and ask God to send a child to help you.
The Power of Caring: Make it a point before the week is over to do something for a child that will help them become what God intended for their lives. This will require something more than pacifying them with candy, toys, and distractions to get them out from under your feet; it will require something from you.
Link for National Geographic article: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2002/04/afghan-girl/index-text