Children First

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A culture that cannot truly put children first will destroy itself from inside out. They are not an inconvenience, they are a necessity. How many other “necessities”do we cater too in our churches, our work place, or our homes. Maybe it’s our schedules, or our lives with the other adults that they get in the way of. How much do we really do to put them first?

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6 thoughts on “Children First

  1. It is a good point you raise. One thing that must be remembered is that discipline is part of putting them first. Letting them run our lives and refusing to give them boundaries is not love. Boundaries help children find security. Far too many parents do not parent at all.

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    • There is no question that serious re education is needed. I want to challenge the way we perceive prioritizing children, particularly in churches, in such a way that the heart of the matter is questioned and addressed. Then conversations about their discipline, education and enrichment can produce fruit from individuals/teachers/parents. If we put the children first we will HAVE to become students ourselves, and the heart of a student is far more open than the heart of an angry, offended parent.

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      • Oh many things. What comes first to me our schedules. We think they drive our every waking minute but I know very few people who time to make those minutes valuable. I always pray as a parent that I will grab a hold of each moment of their lives so that I never regret, at the end of the day, a missed smile or question. Children are full of questions, how many do we honestly try to answer for them? They also create things more freely than we do. Parents feel they must correct every miss used word or fantasy and we are in fact doing is teaching them to conform rather than create.

        I also think that, as a society, we do not value our children. Like this photo so clearly illustrates, rather than more sunlight we give them drugs. Rather than room to think we give them programs and Right answers. I don’t think the idea of school is bad, but how many fathers do you know who take time to help with homework at home, help teach the child to read or make dinner so mommy can take them to the park for a change. If you empower the parents then school becomes a tool of blessing rather than glorified babysitting.

        To your point about discipline, once a parent becomes active, engaged and begins really teaching, they’ll find out
        Very quickly that discipline is needed, and will have to explore that road out of necessity.

        What about you?

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  2. I try to love my daughters, teach them to live larger than themselves, point the way to faith and pray that they come to know Jesus for themselves, I try not to cut corners and I make time for them, and I spend time with them. As a wise man once put it to me: How do you spell LOVE? T I M E.

    I make them aware of how blessed they are, I try to deemphasize material things, I make family a priority, I teach them to love learning, love reading, and take risks and try life. Do things that stretch them, don’t take the safe way all the time, treat others better than they are treated, and that difficult things are worth doing. I protect them, and try not to expose them to things that they are not mature enough for, I try to give grace when they make mistakes, and sometimes give them a proverbial kick in the behind when they need it.

    Sometimes tho, it is just plain difficult 🙂

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