Children Are A Gift
Children bring us so much joy! They are innocent, curious, and energetic. They laugh easily and are entertained by the simplest of things. Nothing is better than a child's smile as they accomplish a new task or succeed at their favorite activity. What could be more fun than watching a child open a gift, give a heartfelt hug, or try to tell a joke? In the antics of our children we see the joyful, fun-loving qualities of God. Yes, children bring happiness and reward to our hearts.
By all means, raising children is hard work. Being responsible for kids can be exhausting to say the least because we all know they have way more energy than the adults in their lives! Yet, despite the effort required in raising children, the investment comes with great reward. Through every up and down of child rearing God desires to teach and grows us right along with our children. As we look to God for parenting advice, we encounter a Father that loves us beyond measure. In seeking help for our prodigals we find the grace and mercy of our heavenly Father. When our children make mistakes and poor choices our love for them does not change, thus revealing the heart of God and his unchanging love for us. Even in the trials of child rearing our hearts can find reward as we encounter God our Father.
You don't have to be a parent to experience the reward of children. God has placed children in all of our lives. The reward isn't necessarily that a child is birthed from our flesh. The reward is that through children we encounter our heavenly Father. God rewards us with children to make a difference in both our lives and theirs.
Be thankful for the children in your life and be open to learn why God has placed them close to you! They are truly a gift!