My husband and I have become Uncle Duane and Auntie Des to many of our friend’s children.
It is a role in life that we love!
I was reading a scripture passage in Matthew and it caused me to think about some things.
“Then some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:13-14
Our children are older now and this passage made me think about some things.
How many times did my children want to come to me, just needing some love and prayer but I was too busy to stop what I was doing and just love them for a moment?
How many times were my children struggling with something and I was too absorbed in my own emotional baggage to have them come to me and pray for them?
My heart breaks thinking about it to be honest.
It has caused me to repent and to be more attentive in setting down my own agenda, my own plan, my own stuff to stop and open my arms and say, “Come here.”
I love time spent with the youth group girls at my church. I have made relationships with many of them and I treasure them. There are times in church when I am talking to someone and I can see one coming to give me a hug. I will open my arms and embrace them as I talk to the person in front of me.
Whenever I am in a conversation or my attention is somewhere else and I see my children or a child I love come towards me I will hold their hand so they know that I see them and will talk to them soon.
Our children and those in our lives need to know that we love them. They need to know they are important. More important the agenda, the plan, or whatever is on our minds at the moment.
We need to embrace them, listen to them, love on them, and pray for them.
If we put them off or we don’t make them a priority, we will hinder them.
We can hinder how they look at Jesus Christ.
We can hinder them knowing how much God loves them and sees them as important.
We can hinder their walk with the Lord.
I pray that as I have learned to put down the dishes I need to put away, the book I am in the middle of reading, or the text that just has to get out right now and opened my eyes, my ears, and my heart to truly see, hear, and know these precious children in my life, that they will know that they are important not just to me but to Jesus.
I encourage you to examine your heart and your actions today. Many times I didn’t even realize what I was doing. God is faithful to reveal our hearts to us.
Let Him teach you how to truly love the children in your lives today.
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7 thoughts on “Are We Loving The Children In Our Lives Like Jesus? by Desiree Taylor”
It can be so hard to shift our focus from the urgent to the important. Dirt stays put, kids do not. Thank you for the encouragement and reminder!
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Nicely said Kelly, “Dirt stays put, kids do not.”
Learning to be fully present at all times is so important. I’m finding that truly seeing, in this case, my grandchildren, involves setting aside my internal dialogue so I can pay attention. Thanks for the encouragement to love as Jesus would!
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I get what your saying Wendy. “setting aside my internal dialogue so I can pay attention”
I am also finding even as an empty nester that my to-do list needs to come second when my grown children want to have lunch or drop by at a time when I had planned to get something else done. Thankful that we have that chance to reconnect, and mindful that you never stop being a parent and having opportunities to fix past mistakes. 🙂
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I love that Traci! I make dates with my 21 yr old son and really have tried to make that time special. It is incredible how much that means to them.
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It’s sobering to realize that we are our children’s’ first glimpse of God. How are we reflecting Him? And it really doesn’t end when they grow up. I too am finding that my adult (and almost adult) children need focused attention. They need to know they are treasured, that they have value to us. It makes it easier for them to accept that our Father feels that way about them, though He is unseen. What a humbling task, being Mamas, eh? Nice post!
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