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Wednesday, October 21, 2015
"Guarding Our Children"
Richard DeHaan shared this story of his childhood:
I'll never forget seeing a mother wren angrily dive at my father when I was a boy. He had placed a number of wren houses around the yard and was always happy when his tenants returned each year to raise their families. One of his birdhouses was made with a hinged cover so that Dad could lift the top and look into the nest.
One day, wanting to see a new family that had just hatched, my father approached the birdhouse—but not without a severe scolding from Mother Wren. How she told him off! Disregarding her warning, my father was just about to lift the lid when this furious little mother flew full speed right down on top of his head. She gave him such a vicious peck that it drew blood!
Do we as Christian parents have that much concern for our children? Are we diligent in protecting them from the evil that could bring them spiritual injury? Are we teaching them about the threats of the world, the flesh, and the devil? (1 John 2:15-16: “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”)
For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--is not of the Father, but is of the world. Do we know their friends? Do we monitor the TV programs they are watching?
Our children need our attention, guidance, and care (Proverbs 29:15: “The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.”) May God help us to guard them from spiritual harm.
God gives us children for a time
To train them in His way,
To love them and to teach them how
To follow and obey. —Sper
The character of your children tomorrow depends on what you put into their hearts today.