14Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14, The Jesus Bible)
Good morning family. I hope you all took my advice and listened to that amazing sermon from Pastor Steven Furtick which I shared yesterday. I know I am jumping around a lot in the Bible verses I am sharing above (sharing the verse from the Book of John yesterday, and now back to Matthew’s Gospel today). This year is completely unplanned. While I am currently reading “The Original Gospels”, there really has not been any major interpretations lately that really struck me as something different that I needed to share with y’all here.
What I do want to share is what God provided me a few days ago. I was driving to work and had to turn on the old radio due to my Spotify being hijacked by Mrs. Z for music to play to SGZ3, which was all God’s grand design. What I heard on HISRadio was just what I needed to hear.
Focus On The Family was interviewing Pastor Doug Fields, the author of Intentional Parenting. Pastor Fields is hilarious and offered up some amazing advice for parents. For any of you reading who are parents, grandparents, or uncles/aunts, I highly recommend you pick up this book. Even better, you can click here to listen to Pastor Fields’ interview as he talks about making parenting fun. But the main point he made that really stood out to me was not only do you have to invest your time with your children, but you have to make it fun for them. Get down to your kids level: build Legos, play make-believe fairytales, build a fort out of sheets. Pour yourself into your children. They are the greatest gift God has ever, and will ever, bless you with. If all they see from you is you sitting on your phone, playing a game, or scrolling through social media, they will know that the phone in your hand is more important than they are. And if your phone is more important than they are, why would they ever listen to you, no matter what you tell them. Your attention needs to always be on your children first. Invest in them and see the beautiful connection that will develop between you and them. Teach them who Jesus is. As He stated in the verse above, bring the little children to Jesus, do not hinder them, let them decide what they will believe in life and what they will not.
We live in a very volatile, divisive world. We need to raise this next generation up to know love and to know how to be kind. This new song by Jason Gray is a perfect reminder of the simple things we can do to Be Kind each and every day. God Bless You All.