Children are a special class of citizenry. Each child is unique, special and precious. It is obvious from the New Testament that God has a truly unique love and place for children. Paraphrasing Matthew 18:1-5
, "unless you turn and become like little children, you can never get into the kingdom of heaven at all ... and whosoever welcomes one little child like this for my sake welcomes me."
Kids have a very unique way of understanding God, and appreciating God. From the book Letters to God: "Dear God, Is it true my father won't get into Heaven if he uses his bowling words in the house? -Anita"
"Dear God, Are you really invisible, or is that just a trick? -Lucy"
"Dear God, Please send me a pony. I never asked for anything before, you can look it up. -Bruce"
"We read Thomas Edison made light, but in Sunday School they said you did it, so I bet he stoled your idea. -Donna"
"Dear God, I'm doing the best I can. -Frank"
I hope Frank's words stay with us today -- "Dear God, I am doing the best I can." Because, if we aren't careful, we will be caught up in the cuteness and the humor that is in children, and we will miss a major point -- It's not easy being a child in today's world. It's scary out there. There's evil running rampant all over the world. Our kids, all kids, are not immune from evil's proximity or it's touch. Drug usage is up and the age is coming down. Kids are being treated for stress disorders in record numbers. Suicide attempts are on the increase among children, and it now seems that almost weekly a child initiates, initiates, a homicide. All of this comes on the heels of the supposed "Golden Age of Being a Child." Most children have more stuff than ever before, children have more opportunities, know more than in all of history. Question -- Case in Point -- How many of you have children or know children who are more computer-gifted than you are? All the way down to preschoolers, it seems children are much further ahead in this generation than any other.
Kids are quite active today, as well. Have you talked to a child lately? Just ask them "hey, what are you involved in?" "Well ... soccer, dance, tennis, baseball, drama, tumbling, basketball, softball, gymnastics, football, cheerleading, piano, voice, martial arts, swimming." Then factor in demanding school schedules and then church, which quite often falls low on the priorities line, quite possibly teaching by example to this generation that it's ok to relegate church to 2nd, 3rd or worse place, which could be paving the way for a future generation to live a lifestyle of moving God all over the board in life's order just to get everything in.
I think there are questions that we must ask ourselves today, as parents, as grandparents, as teachers, as adult role models and significant others.
1. Do we really want to raise super kids? Do we really want to raise kids that are mature and do well? Sure, it's an incredible goal. I hope we all want to be a part of that.