With Scott’s current job, he doesn’t get much (if any) Sundays off which means no church. But I’ve been enjoying listening to messages from Chuck Swindoll on his website. I’ve been listening through his Biblical Parenting series, and one message in particular I just can’t get out of my head. It was on Delighting in Our Children.
All around us, on every source of media, the main theme seems to be “what a burden our children are.” But the Bible says “Children are a treasure from the Lord.” I think it’s all about our perspective. When we are focusing on delighting in our Children. Enjoying them. Looking for the joy that they bring, then the hard things don’t seem so hard. And I believe it has the biggest impact on our children. Children are influenced by everything around them. And who’s around them the majority of the time? Especially when they are young? We, their parents! If our attitude is one of “how annoying you are.” Then that’s what they get, and that’s what they become. But when our attitude is one of “how I enjoy you/you are such a delight” then that is what they get, and it has such a greater, more blessing effect. Not only to us, the parents, but to our children as well. It pains me to see and hear so many people (including Christians) complaining about their children. Our society and culture wants us to think of our children as a burden, but they’re just trying to brainwash us, make us think that we have no hope of being an influence on them. Our Children are the future. We influence that future more than we realize. Our children are so much smarter and wiser than we realize. They pick up on every little thing around them.
Recently there were two different times that I knew we needed to be out for the day doing some research on Rvs, or shopping for Scott’s new position at work. Leading up to both days I was thinking “oh, it will be so much easier if we don’t take the kids with us.” But Scott is gone a lot, and when both days came, we didn’t want to leave the kids behind. So we took them with us and chose to enjoy their company. And we didn’t miss out on seeing things through their eyes, seeing their joy over something, or seeing how much they were enjoying being a part of what we were doing. Yes, we were more tired at the end of both days, but it was a good tired, and well worth it. Children are such a treasure from the Lord, and my heart grieves for those who miss out enjoying their most priceless treasures!