Adorable Children

Adorable Children

     We are blessed to have quite a few young children in our congregation. Little boys and little girls, with unexpected observations, expressive faces, and humorous behaviors, make sure there is not a dull moment when they are around. Inspired writers use terms like "inheritance" (Proverbs 13:22) and "gift" (Psalm 127:3) to impress us with their value. Jesus demands imitation of them (Matthew 18:3). Parents get so proud of their children, displaying their cuteness in pictures on social media. While so many kids reflect the good looks of their parents, it's not looks that most make children adorable.  What makes children adorable?

Obedience to parents

The practice of good manners, courtesy and respect for others

A pleasant demeanor and general good mood

Avoiding the pattern or habit of tantrums and ill-temper

The ability to speak and make eye contact when spoken to

Laughter that reflects a genuine joy of living

Engagement and interest in worship and Bible class

Serving especially the elderly-visiting them, making cards or little presents for them

Speaking respectfully to adults

     The qualities above reflect an attractiveness of godly parenting and an appreciation for biblical principles of conduct that will make them adorable adults one day.  It reflects the "others before self" mentality Christ wants to see in God's children (Philippians 2:1-4). It reflects the humility and service that causes greatness in His Kingdom (Matthew 20:25-28). It reflects the thoughtful consideration that ought to typify Christians (Colossians 3:12; Romans 15:1ff). It reflects the spiritual mindset necessary to be winsome, attractive ambassadors for Him (2 Corinthians 5:20; Romans 12:17ff; etc.). Sometimes, much greater emphasis is given to the style of their clothes than to the strength of their character. We cannot put fashion before faith, image over integrity, or sophistication above spirituality.

     I want to thank so many parents who get this ideal and are striving toward it. No one's children are perfect, just like none of their parents (or critical adults) are. But, parents who are trying to instill quality inner qualities in their children deserve highest honor! Keep rearing adorable children. You'll have a lifetime to be grateful that you did.                                                                --Copied