I Love to Play With Children
Lord, how did you know? Do you have any idea what a lift children bring to sad and weary adults? Of course you know—you invented children.
I love to play with children. They’re too young to be cynical, evasive, and aloof. They let their feelings out immediately and blurt out whatever is on their minds. I love to teach them things (and, truth be told, love to let them teach me things). I love kissing their soft cheeks, giving them gifts to see their squeals of delight, and helping to shelter them from the many cruelties of life. I love making children feel safe, involved, and important.
Even men and women who aren’t married have abundant opportunities to be with children. Our world will always need tender and compassionate childcare providers, teachers, coaches, and mentors. Lord, you have abundant ways to bring children into our lives: “He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children” (Psalm 113:9).
When I think back to my childhood, I see now and am amazed at how many wonderful adults you sent me. I was sheltered, entertained, educated, and loved by more people than I can count. Thank you! I am honored that you let me be part of that same loving support network for the children in my life.
We all have doubts and uncertainties about many things, and with those comes a tension between trusting God and also taking personal responsibility. It’s from wanting a childlike faith but needing to be a grown-up Christian.
We can trust God and take responsibility for our choices and actions at the same time. In this book, the author encourages you to think deeply about what it means to trust God and at the same time use the gifts and blessings that he has given you to act according to his will.
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