It has been a couple of months since our last post. I hope this time “apart” has given you opportunities to replenish, renew, and time to make both for your families and most importantly the Lord. Today I wanted to take the time to write a bit about the gift of children (Psalms 127:3).
Since working as a daycare/preschool teacher in the past year, I have gained a lot of understanding. While I am their teacher, they sure are teaching me a lot as well. The Holy Spirit of God has a way of doing things. When first coming to this job, I came with the intention of these reminders, ” Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” (from Colossians 3:23) and “Let all that you do be done in love” (from 1 Corinthians 16:14). This was very rewarding, because I was not just working for myself and my family. I was now doing this on the behalf of the Lord. My job here on earth now became a Kingdom duty. Many people complain about their weekly jobs. They groan and moan of the people and tasks that surround them day in and out. Yet for me, I no longer have that issue. Since I put effort standing in truth, I don’t have the feeling that most people do when they enter the field.
Through children, I learned that they need the fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, & self-control. Without any of these traits, they will not learn the way that they should go. They won’t realize the right way to treat one another or know how it feels to recognize the love of God. While the children I care for are still very young, they are no fools. They pick up on things very quickly and have an eye on habits. Which brings us to another task I have been given.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”(Proverbs 22:6, ESV)
Training the children I have been given.
While we are not God, He has given us the opportunity to work for Him and His divine plan. His precepts have shown us how to walk the way He walks and move in a way He does. Not to mention, giving all thoughts eternally, children are not just children. They are body, soul, and spirit, just as you and I. And the best example I could give comes from Pastor Tim Henderson. One of his most famous lines is, “There is no such thing as a small Holy Spirit”. How true is that? God is no respecter of persons, and this very well includes children! We must teach children while they are young right from wrong. How else will we have a rising kingdom? How else would His kingdom come? His will be done? On Earth as it is in heaven? While God is God and does not ‘need’ us to accomplish anything (He can do all things on His own), He CHOOSES to use us. Also while I am not the parent of these beautiful human beings, I take the responsibility of their well being an honor and endearment to my heart.
There is so much more I could continue on to say, but we will save it for more conversations to come. I would love to hear from you all and listen to your input on if you would like to read future posts on topics such as this. It would be my utmost joy to do so. I also hope that this encourages you on your walk. That whatever your career is, your home life, or whichever, that you can use the encouragement and wisdom of God in everything you do.