Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Our Special Children

"What then is this child going to be?" (Luke 1:66).Zechariah's and Elizabeth's friends and neighbors knew this child John was a special child. But then, isn't every child remarkable? Parental love asks, "What is this child going to be and to do?"

"...Some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work" (2 Timothy 2:20,21). Surely we want to prepare our child for noble purposes so he or she will be useful to God and to others.

“It was the question of the neighbors and of all who had heard the amazing story, ‘What will this child turn out to be?’ Every child is a bundle of possibilities. There was an old Latin schoolmaster who always bowed gravely to his class before he taught them. When he was asked why, he answered, ‘Because you never know what one of these lads will turn out to be.’ The entry of a child into a family is two things. First, it is the greatest privilege which life can offer a man and wife. It is something for which to thank God. Second, it is one of life's supreme responsibilities, for that child is a bundle of possibilities and on parents and teachers depends how these possibilities will or will not be realized” (Anonymous).

So what will our children and our children’s children achieve? Will they understand that life is about honoring God is all that they do? Will they be able to separate the noble from the ignoble? Indeed, can we, their parents and grandparents, do this? It is surely something to send us to our knees in supplication!

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