LET THE CHILDREN COME
Sometimes, when I come home from the day I still have a few tasks to complete. If I’m lucky I can work out an arrangement where my wife allows me time to finish my work. Although she has given me the green light, my boys are not so easily persuaded. Even when I am able to sneak into the house undetected, it’s only a matter of time before I’m exposed, bombarded, and interrogated! They haven’t had the chance to tell me about their day, ask about my day, or dish out hugs, handshakes, and fist bumps. In a relentless pursuit, as a final blow, the 2 year old will gently grab my hand and guide me to his room with a subtle “let’s go play”.
My freshman English teacher often reminded us of the days when children were meant to be seen, not heard. She presented a very blunt sense of exclusion, not only from the private occasions, but in a general sense as well. Most likely though, exclusion will come in a more subtle form. Oftentimes we are drained because of obligations from work, school, church, and many other commitments we accept. Unfortunately, it takes away from the most precious resource we have, time. If we allow it, our busy lives will no doubt consume our day.
By nature, children are radiant, full of joy, and energy, but they are also fragile and impressionable. Jesus was literally busy trying to save the world. Yet He said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them” (Matt 19:14). When they decided to pencil themselves on to His calendar the disciples were quick to shut them out; however, Jesus received them with open arms. As fathers, we have been blessed with the ability of building our children up higher than anyone else. They seek our attention and approval in almost everything they do. On the other hand, we also hold the power to crush their spirits. If we neglect the gift God has given us, eventually, they will begin to look for the same attention and approval elsewhere. In order to honor God’s gift of children, we must value the precious time we have with them.
With all life’s business, how do we make sure to prioritize our family (children)?
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