that we… may grow up in all things
Ephesians 4: 14-15 (NKJV)
During periods of warm sunny weather, I like to take the opportunity to contemplate while doing some gardening.
This year, I decided to expand the borders, increasing the area in order to plant some vegetables. As I commenced this my youngest called out to me, ‘Daddy, can I help?’
At first, I was tempted to say, ‘No my dear, I don’t think you can do this.’ But then I realized that this was a bonding opportunity as well as an occasion to pass on some family values.
So I set about finding an appropriately sized gardening fork and spade.
Little by little progress was made and I was inevitably confronted by advice, such as: ‘You’re going to have to take all those little stones out,’ and, ‘That soil is no good, you’ll have to replace it.’
From this experience, I have a few gardening and parenting tips:
- Children are never too young to be involved.
- Children are often wiser and more capable than adults give them credit.
- It is our responsibility to give our children opportunities and room to grow and develop, knowing that they are not perfect and will make mistakes.
In my own worship leading experiences, I have tried to include my children, as well as others, alongside me. This was to give them exposure and the comfort of knowing that they are welcomed and feel part of something bigger.
Giving a child opportunities and learning experiences is an essential part of their training. Proverbs 22: 6 tells us: ‘Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.’
Dear Father, we are all your children. Guide us to grow up into the full stature of Christ. In doing so, help us to bring up our children in the fear and nurture of the Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Study by Patrick Goodman
About the writer:
Patrick Goodman attends the Central London congregation of Grace Communion International, where he is a Worship Leader.
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