Children. They’re everywhere. Do you see them? Do you even notice them? I do. I notice them in parking lots, at school, at the playground and parks, on the streets, at church. Everywhere, children. That word for me conjures up images of bodies in motion, lots of laughter, chatter, and non-stop action. Ever heard someone say, “Wish I had half of their energy?”
Children. They’re important to Jesus. And they’re important in the Kingdom of God. Therefore, they should be important to all of us who consider ourselves to be Kingdom builders. If you’ve been in a church service where a baby dedication took place, did you accept the challenge Pastor gave the congregation to pray, be involved, set an example, and help raise that child? Is there a child in your life? There should be. You would be blessed.
Children. Yes, they’re messy, and noisy, and full of energy. But they need us. They need us to love them and show them the way to the Father’s heart. I’ve been reading The 5 Love Languages of Children, and it’s no surprise that children need words of affirmation, physical touch, and quality time, the same as adults do. My own life was marked by an elderly gentleman who always had lemon drops in his pocket, which he loved to share with children. Is it possible that the simple act of greeting a child, stooping to talk or ask a question, listening, and remembering his name, could have a bearing on that young one’s eternal future? I think so.
Children. Don’t miss an opportunity. Here are several ways you could show kids you care:
- Notice them.
- Smile a lot.
- Learn their names.
- Seek them out.
- Look in their eyes when you talk to them,
- Listen to them.
- Be nice.
- Listen to their stories.
- Share their excitement.
- Kneel, squat, or sit so you’re at their eye level.
- Answer their questions.
- Point out what you like about them.
- Keep the promises you make.
- Wave and smile at them when you part.
- Give them lots of compliments.
- Give them your undivided attention.
- Mention something you’ve noticed about them.
- Thank them.
- Tell them about yourself.
- Ask them to help you.
- Do something together.
- Do what they like to do.
- Give them a special nickname.
- Notice when they grow.
- Hug them.
- Love them no matter what.
One more for good measures:
- Volunteer to help or teach in a Sunday School Class.
“Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, ‘I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven’.” Matthew 18; 2-4
-Pastor Dora Clarkson