Bible Reading Blog — February 23, 2016

23 Feb

Today’s Readings — Joshua 19-24 & Mark 10:13-16

“Let the little children come to me.” Jesus allows access for parents with children to bring their children to be blessed. In those days, children were definitely in the “seen and not heard” mode.

For us, at times we probably tend to err in the opposite direction. Children are sometimes coddled, spoiled and made much of in the name of love. We give them what they want, we try to help them avoid hardship and we make their safety our number one priority. The modern American “helicopter parent” is in the end unwittingly doing their child a disservice. Children are not being well-prepared for the harsh realities of life because we are trying too hard to keep them from all pain.

It is interesting that in the midst of this coddling culture there is a decrease and diminishing of the Christian life in the home. Talk of God among parents is rare. Prayer, both planned and spontaneous, is rare. Family devotions are a struggle. Bringing biblical solutions to life is unusual. We decry the wandering of our children from the faith but often we have failed to live for Jesus in the home. Maybe making a move from being a child-centered parent to being a Jesus-centered parent would make all the difference.

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