What about the children? Jesus gave explicit directives on how to honor, nurture and train children by virtue of certain quips, quotes and anecdotes in the Bible. The topic of this post extols the virtues of providing for, and paying homage to the younger generation despite the wealth that we adults have gleaned in and outside of the church. Often, we go about our business selfishly, and at times we are oblivious to children who are looking up to us and emulating our every step. I bring this up because I’ve witnessed in many homes that I visit on behalf of family literacy how parents are not doing what they should be doing to provide and protect their young from famine. Famine comes in many forms and not always associated with food. A famished soul can be one deprived of nutrients and other golden nuggets that may enhance situations where not enough time and due diligence are given to nudge them along for any desired aspiration. A child’s capacity for wisdom and insight for spirituality should not be understated.
Our goals as parents and responsible adults are to be steadfast in our intent to do well by them and give them all that is needed to extrapolate and expand to higher aspirations. God continues to inspire all of us and that inspiration is not limited to us older folk. It comes in all ages and our children have voices that need to be heard. Our children are the cornerstones of future endeavors…they should be able to exact what we give them as learning operatives so that when we get old what we trained them to do will manifest (their) destiny. So as we prosper, as we go about doing the things that we do, we would behoove ourselves to hear what they have to say. As we hug them close we will remember what Pastor Jones says about being full of vision with purpose.
My question to you for further discussion is for the desired purpose of addressing the need for us to continue our spiritual walk with them. Do you feel school systems, both public and private are doing enough to give our children what is needed to be ready for the world? What about the churches…are they being instrumental in teaching beyond ecclesiastical tenets? Give them a chance to see how teachable they are, how honest they are about their feelings and expressionisms. And finally, what do YOU think should be the most important thing that our children should be learning? Yolanda Adams – What About The Children