by Graham Mol
“Children are a gift from the Lord;
they are a reward from Him.”
Psalm 127:3 NLT
I’m going to pull the ‘proud parent card” and talk about my kids in today’s blog post. Solomon, in his wisdom got it 100% right when he said that children are a gift from the Lord. Sometimes in our busy lives we lose sight of this truth.
We as a family were blessed to get away for wonderful holiday a few weeks back. We got to spend time in God’s incredible creation as we relaxed, played and enjoyed ourselves. What a blessing it has been!
One of the things that I have been reminded of as I got to spend time with the kids, going on hikes, playing tennis and putt-putt, kayaking on the lake and playing “Dos” (a fun card game similar but not similar to Uno), was just how much I love these two children of mine. I could appreciate how much they’ve grown, not just physically but in terms of their personalities. I felt privileged to be part of their lives as they discover and grow into the people God made them to be.
I can see why God loves children. Why Jesus would say, “do not hinder the children from coming to me.” He loves their innocence, their excitement at life. He knows that they are not perfect (as any parent would quite clearly tell you) but despite their mood swings, obstinacy and sometimes downright naughtiness, they are capable of such genuine warmth and love.
I am oh-so-aware of the challenges and responsibility of raising children in such difficult times as these. And yet, despite the struggles there is indeed a rich reward. Their laughter, their growth and achievements, their easy company. Our children are truly a wonderful gift, one that not everyone gets in life, so let us not forget to appreciate them and be grateful for them.
The wonderful truth for all of us, for those who have children, those who do not and those who have lost, we all have a wonderful Father in Heaven, and He loves us each and every one.