It's in the Little Things
18 July 2018
Deuteronomy 1:31 'The LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.' (NIV)
After their escape from each, God carried his children, the people of Israel, as a father would lovingly carry a son. The fact that the Bible says so much about God as a father is a great encouragement to parents everywhere -- and a sign of how big he is on this whole parenting thing. If you have children, you will want to do the very best job possible in raising them. In some ways, being a good parent is a matter of doing small things consistently, over time. For example, you can learn to ask your kids questions. Children are better informed today than ever before and encouraging them to think for themselves and express their views builds their confidence. Another key is to express trust in them. Show your children that you believe in their sense of responsibility. Of course, as you invest your trust, you will be looking for responsible action in return. But it may take a while for them to get it right, so hang in there. Don't underestimate the power of positive touch, either. The skin is perhaps the most underrated organ in our bodies and our sense of touch is the first one we develop in our mother's womb. Of course, touch is sometimes abused in our world, but that is no reason for not using the power of touch in a constructive way. Touch communicates affection and love. Above all else, pray for your children. The battle for your child's future is a spiritual one. Parenting can see scary at times, but with help from the Father above, a determination to succeed, and some patience with ourselves, we can make a good job of it.
Prayer: (parents) 'Father, help me today to express trust in my children, developing their sense of responsibility. I commit myself to praying for them more than ever. Please watch over them in everything they do.'
© Mal Fletcher 2003-2004