Aug 2, 2017

April 6, 2017
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14

Three thoughts:

1) Play

How can blowing bubbles, sword matches and making animal and engine sounds draw little children to God? I don't know.

But what I do know is that playing with your children changes their perception about you as someone who doesn't just scold and always tells them what to do. For little children, playmates and role-models are one and the same. Kids are more inclined to listen to people who care enough to play with them.

2) Sense of astonishment

Some people say that no one can be an atheist at the Grand Canyon. All it takes for a person to question his belief that there is no God is something that awe-inspiring.

For little children, everything is Grand Canyon.

From the dancing leaves and crawling ants to airplanes in the sky and pouring rain. Every moment is surreal. Every sight amazes them.

When my son gets to touch the leaves of a tree, he takes time to linger and feel their texture. When I read to him, he doesn't mind if I read the same lines over and over again. While too much traffic never fails to test my patience, it always succeeds in astonishing my son. He likes it when he gets to see the details of the vehicles. He describes their colors, shapes and sizes with grunts.

Little children are endowed with a great sense of awe and they don't grow jaded. They are never incapable of being astonished.

How do you capitalize on their sense of awe to bring them to Jesus? I believe it's by filling their inquisitive minds and sense of wonder with the knowledge of who created and sustains the universe and by helping them connect the dots that God is the sum total of all that is astonishing.

3) Family Traditions

Thanks to families who serve as our examples, my wife and I are excited start several family traditions this year like Advent this Christmas.

There's nothing magical about lighting candles or singing songs or other ceremonies. But what they do is create moments for quality conversations to happen, prayers to be uttered and God's promises to be declared. Without these moments, there's not going to be much influence.

Family traditions serve as markers and milestones in the children’s life. And as they grow up, they'll remember the good old days with their family that strengthened their foundation and brought some measure of stability in their lives.

Happy parenting! :)

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