“Then they brought little children to him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.’ ” Mark 10:13-14
Who are the most important people in your life? Who has the greatest ability to bring happiness and joy, or stress and sorrow into your life?
Ask those questions of any parent, grandparent, teacher or school administrator and they’ll, no doubt, tell you that it’s the children in their lives that wield the power. And when we look at it from this perspective we’re only thinking in the short term. If you consider our relationship with our children in the long term the power to bring either happiness or grief is even more profound.
An old Asian proverb, I learned when I was a student missionary in South Korea, tells about a father and his young son taking his elderly father to an old folks home to die. It was just too much work to take care of him at home.
Twenty years later the cycle is seen being repeated only this time the father is the old man the son is the father and a son from a new generation completes the trio. Only this time the father remembers taking this trip years ago, and seeing his father’s lack of care, and his grandfather’s depression and he realizes that if things don’t change his son will do the same to him in another twenty years. So he decides to give his son a different example. Instead of taking his father to the old folks home he takes him back home to give him the love and care he needs.
Our children have the ability to either bless or curse our lives depending on the lessons they learn from us. But more than anything else we need to make sure they spend time with us with Jesus. Jesus has the ability to help us as parents, grandparents and friends be the examples our children need and he has the ability to make up for any deficiency of character we may have.
Let’s make sure that we keep the way clear for our children, and anyone else for that matter, to have easy access to Jesus.