Last week while walking out of a store, I noticed what looked like a parent scolding their child. I only glanced, then looked away as I was trying to find my car and get out of the heat quick. Once in the car, my daughter turned to me and asked, “Mom, did you hear what that lady told her kid? She asked her why she can’t do anything right. That’s so mean!” My heart hurt to hear this, and to see the look on my daughter’s face showed me that she hurt for that child too.
It got me thinking about how delicate raising a child really is. Children need more than a roof over their heads and food in their tummies, they need to be built up and loved by their parents in word and in deed. As a mom I have the power to shape my children with the words I choose to use. This is not a responsibility I take lightly.
I understand that moms and dads have limits too. Our buttons get pushed, our patience gets tried, and our boundaries get tested daily. If you are a stay at home mom, perhaps you feel that pressure growing as the summer comes to an end and “me time” seems like a thing of the past. You might be yearning to put your kids back into school so you can have your personal space again. Perhaps it’s not just our kids that need to be back in school, maybe it’s us that need to be schooled.
Maybe we need to relearn how to speak correctly to our children. Maybe we’ve told our kids time and again that if they don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all. We need to remember and practice this ourselves. We may have told little Suzie to say nice things, or to be a nice sister or little girl, but are we being a nice mommy?
If you don’t have kids, chances are you know some. According to God’s word you are not exempt from how you choose to treat children. You might have a niece or nephew or you know a child you interact with on a daily or maybe monthly basis. I want to remind you too that your words and actions have weight; there is no time to stick our heads in the sand and say, “not my kid, not my problem.” If you are in an influential position with any child for any length of time, don’t take it lightly. Your responsibility might not be to parent them, but you are still held accountable for how you choose to treat that child.
“5 Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me. 6 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”
Matt 18:5-6 (NKJV)
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