The child shapes the adult. Where should our focus be? Do you want fruit-bearing adults? Train up the child…Proverbs 22:6 states Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it, the adult is the result of all that has passed before. How strong is the bond between the child and the Savior? How supportive is the life surrounding the child? Without God’s love manifest in our actions and words we labor in vain.
I am not the person I was ten years ago, five years ago, one year ago…but I continue to carry characteristics formed during childhood. I was loved, in that love was a sense of security so deep I never developed the fears many around me deal with. That love gave me confidence even when unsure! My mission, therefore, is to be sure other children receive that same sense of security from being loved, knowing they are worthy of love. God created us with that need, desire and capacity. Our sin-filled, sinful nature would distort it.
We must be a beacon of light in a world seeking love, having lost the capacity to love as was originally intended. Having lost the capacity to love genuinely, without distortion, or perversion. Children exposed to distortion or perversion become adults without the ability to love, adults who do not contain a sense of security and confidence that can withstand personal attacks. They become individuals who easily take offense and retaliate.
Fill our hearts with compassion. Stir the hearts of our people with a desire to seek what is genuine not distorted. With the ability to love genuinely once again will come the healing of our land and people, a healing we seek that can only come from changed hearts. This is my prayer. 2 Chronicles 7:14 – “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Let the healing begin within our hearts, is my prayer.
Psalm 127:1 –Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain. Without the desire to worship and fellowship, nothing will last. The desire comes from the Lord. Do we labor in vain, do we stay awake in vain?