Annoyed by Children? Think Again..

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. (Psalms 127:3-5 ESV)

When a colt refuses to enter the stall at night, a mare is said to literally turn her back and walk away from the colt. This “shunning” by the mare is usually enough to convince the colt to follow right behind her. Dr. Kevin Lehman in his book “What a Difference a Mother Can Make” encourages this example in parenting today. He advised that instead of exchanging screams and insults, to merely express how unhappy you are and simply turn your back. Whether they are 7 or 17, kids have a natural impulse to please their mothers.

Dr. Lehman advised that kids are criticized to much today in our society. We focus on faults and “parent down” instead of “parent up”. In John chapter 2, we see Jesus at a wedding feast when the wine runs out. Jesus’s mother tells Jesus “do your thing”. Jesus responds to her “Woman, why do you involve me”, but several verses later we see Jesus doing exactly what she said. What happened? Jesus got “the look” and took her advice. 

Jesus was without sin, but the dynamics and the power of a mother, her love and faith, even for an adult “child” is vividly clear. In all aspects of our life, we need to search our hearts and ask God for help in “training up a child in the way they should go” (Proverbs 22:6). You may not have children, but you have the power to encourage, lift up, and be a godly example to the children that God has put you in contact with. Always use opportunities to spread God’s love to these little ones that God treasures so much. For you little guys, God calls you many things in the Bible. He calls you a reward, a gift, a heritage, blessed, glory, crowned, and a treasure. Never forget God’s love for you! You are our future!

Can children praise God according to Psalm 8:2?

What does Jesus say about children and how adults can be more like them in Matthew 18:2-6?

What feeling does Jesus tell the adults around him not to have about children in Matthew 18:10?

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