Beloved let us love one another; because love is of God, and every one that loves has been begotten of God, and knows God. 1John 4:7
Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them, for of such is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 19:13&14
As a grandmother, my sensitivity towards children has been heightened, so I share these thoughts with you that the Lord has laid on my heart.
How are we raising up the next generation together? A famous politician once said, “it takes a village”. If she, an unbeliever, saw the importance of community effort, how much more we who are of the household of faith.
Could it be that we have lost many of the past generations because we found it easier to say unkind, thoughtless words or have made flippant comments rather than taking time to connect with that younger person? When was the last time you inquired about their well-being, not just saying “hello, how are you doing” although that is good, but going deeper, listening longer, reaching further into what makes that younger one who they are?
This kind of caring takes sacrificial love and time, and a willingness to roll up your selves in order to care deeply and love compassionately. I am guilty of not caring enough, my hand goes up first, I’d rather socialize with those I have things in common with but God compels you and me to something greater.
It’s true that a young person may not let you into their life but it does not excuse a single one of us from praying and seeking to build a relationship of trust motivated by love.
I urge you to examine your words and tone of voice the next time you speak to a child because it is remembered and your words do reach into their spirit and either lead to Jesus or forbid them to come. Words last for a lifetime.
How do you want to be remembered by the children who are around you and trust you because you are a “safe person” in their world? Do you want to be known as the one who speaks mean words, the one who puts into place, woman sharp-tongue, she who turns little ones from the Savior, the forbidding one? Remember most of the children don’t even know your name but they do believe that you are safe because the church is supposed to be a safe place.
Children don’t need to be set straight; they need to be led straight to Jesus by your example and kind, thoughtful words with a smile tossed in. Children were brought to Jesus so that He could lay His hands on them and those Hands were full of blessing, invitation, and compassion and were always motivated by love. (Ephesians 5:1-2, Matthew 11:28-30). My little children let us not love in word, neither with the tongue; but in deed and truth. 1John 3:18
About The Author
Elyse Casimir has been married for 48 years and has 5 adult children and 6 grandchildren plus a few adopted ones she has gathered up along the way. She believes that a woman who is intentionally seeking God will be an influencer of good while pointing someone else to live for the Savior. “We can all be on the lookout to bless and influence every person that He puts across our pathway.” Elyse was most recently the Director of Pregnancy Loss, a ministry under the umbrella of Care Net of Puget Sound Pregnancy and Family Services in Seattle, Washington. Elyse is a writer, encourager, and counselor offering hope for the grieving. She enjoys being “Nana” to her grandbabies and also sharing with women how they can thrive under the beauty and wonders of Jesus Christ the Lord. Hobbies: reading, crocheting, mental and physical self-care while caring for others.