Jesus Loves the Little Children

Jesus Loves the Little Children

Jesus loves the little children 

Theme for Sunday 

Matthew 19:13-15 (NIV)

With Peter Veysie

George Methodist Church

Sunday 8th August 2021

Matthew 19:13 Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them.

14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 15 When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.

SUMMARY OF SEASON ONE EPISODE THREE:

Do we embrace a childlike faith? This beautiful episode of The Chosen introduces us to some children, who demonstrate for us how to listen to Jesus. The bold and simple faith of childhood is on display. They are naturally entranced by His kindness and gentleness with them; and they learn a great deal from His simple message of love and grace.

Bringing up three boys has been both a joy and a blessing and yes challenging at times but so rewarding as you see what you have put in becoming a rich investment. The greatest investment you can make into the future is to invest your time and energy into your children. We have had ups and downs, highs and lows but I would not change it for the world. Matt and Melissa are with us today and I can’t believe that Matt turns 31 tomorrow !!! It’s such a joy and a blessing to have him with us.

There’s a saying that rings true for all parents: Having a child is like having your heart walking around outside of your body. As any mother or father knows, the process of raising a child is rich with emotions, uncertainties, joys, and sorrows. Whether you’re a parent, expectant parent, or grandparent, there’s an endless well of comfort, advice, and quotes about gratitude to be found in the Bible. After all, we’re all children of God, so it’s no surprise His Word is full of parenting wisdom, and understanding, when it comes to the unconditional love (and, also: the worrying, discipline, second-guessing…) that goes into caring for another human. They’re also worth taking note of for yourself, for those days when you need a little reassurance that you’re directing your child—your heart—down the right path.

Abigail,Joshua and her friends – sharing the good news and engaging with children. Still a craftsman and making a fire. Very special encounter with children.

Psalm 127:3

Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.

Mark 10:13-16

People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.

Ephesians 6:4

Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Luke 17:1–2

Jesus spoke to his disciples. “Things that make people sin are sure to come,” he said. “But how terrible it will be for anyone who causes those things to come! Suppose people lead one of these little ones to sin. It would be better for those people to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck.” (NIRV)

Proverbs 3:11–12

My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. (NIV)

Deuteronomy 30 :19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Dr. Dr. Ovid, pediatrician neurologist, warning of a silent tragedy that is growing today in our homes.

There is a silent tragedy that is growing today in our homes, and is about our most beautiful jewelry: our children. Our children are in a devastating emotional state! Over the past 15 years, researchers have given us increasingly alarming stats on a steady and acute increase in childhood mental illness now reaching epidemic proportions:

Stats don’t lie:

The 3.7-million orphans in South Africa and we have population of about 57.7-million people. Does it include that many orphans?

Covid deaths are creating a further crisis.

No father’s, poverty and injustice. No minimum wage and food grants for children.

Hunger leads to crime and the challenges we have recently seen in SA.

PRETORIA, June 1 (Reuters) – South Africa’s unemployment rate rose to a new record high of 32.6% in the first quarter of 2021 from 32.5% in the final quarter of 2020, the statistics agency said on Tuesday.

This rate was 46,3% among young people aged 15 – 34 years, implying that almost one in every two young people in the labour force did not have a job in the first quarter of 2021.

For more priveleged children living in higher income homes there are other challenges :

• 1 out of 5 children have mental health issues

• A 43 % increase was seen in ADHD

• A 37 % increase in adolescent depression has been observed

• A 200 % increase in the suicide rate among children aged 10 to 14 years has been observed.

What is going on and what are we doing wrong?

Today’s children are over-stimulated and over-donated with material items, but they are deprived of the foundations of a healthy childhood, such as:

• Emotionally available parents

• clearly defined limits

• responsibilities

• Balanced nutrition and adequate sleep

• Movement in general but especially outdoors

• Creative game, social interaction, informal gaming opportunities and spaces for boredom

Instead, these last few years (especially during lockdown and the covid pandemic)have been filled with:

• Digitally distracted parents

• Indulgent and permissive parents who let children ′′ rule the world ′′ and be the ones who put the rules

• A sense of law, to deserve everything without winning it or being responsible for getting it

• Inappropriate sleep and unbalanced nutrition

• A sedentary lifestyle

• Endless stimulation, tech nannies, instant gratification and no boring moments

What to do?

If we want our children to be happy and healthy individuals, we need to wake up and get back to basics. It’s still possible! Many families are seeing immediate improvements after weeks of following recommendations:

1. CREATE BOUNDARIES

Set boundaries and remember you are the captain of their boat. Your children will feel safer knowing you are in control of the rudder.

2. DISCERN BETWEEN NEED AND WANT !!!

• Give children a balanced lifestyle filled with what children need, not just what they want. Don’t be afraid to say ′′ no ′′ to your kids if what they want isn’t what they need.

• Provide nutritious food and limit junk food.

• Spend at least an hour a day outdoors doing activities like: Cycling, hiking, fishing, bird / bug watching

• Enjoy a daily family dinner without smartphones or technology that distracts them.

Play family board games or if kids are too small for board games, get carried away by your interests and let them be them sending in the game

3. ALLOW OPPORTUNITY FOR SHARED TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITY

• Involve your children in a home task depending on their age (folding clothes, order toys, hanging clothes, unpacking supplies, setting table, feeding dogs etc.)

• Implement a consistent sleep routine to make sure your child sleeps long enough. Hours will be even more important for school age children.

• Teaching responsibility and independence. Don’t protect them too much from frustration or error. Being wrong will help them develop resilience and learn how to overcome life’s challenges,

Don’t load your kids backpack, don’t carry your backpacks, don’t take the stain they forgot, don’t peel their bananas oranges if they can do it from themselves same (4-5 years). Instead of giving them the fish, show them to fish.

4. GRATIFICATION – THE ART OF WAITING

• Teach them how to wait and delay gratuity.

• Provide opportunities for ′′ boredom “, because boredom is the moment creativity wakes up. Don’t feel responsible for always keeping kids entertained.

• Don’t use technology as a cure for boredom, nor offer it at the first second of inactivity.

Avoid using technology during meals, in cars, restaurants, shopping centers. Use these moments as opportunities to socialize by thus training the brains to function when they are in mode: ′′ boredom ′′

5. CREATIVITY IS CRITICAL

• Help them create a ‘ Bottle of Boredom ‘ with activity ideas for when they’re bored.

• Be emotionally available to connect with children and teach them self-regulation and social skills:

Turn off phones at night when kids need to go to bed to avoid digital distraction.

6. SORRY,THANKYOU AND PLEASE.

• Become an emotional regulator or coach of your children. Teach them to recognize and deal with their own frustrations and anger.

• Sorry thank you and please recognize the mistake and apologize (don’t force them), be model of all these values he has instilled.

  • Connect emotionally – smile, kiss, kiss, tickled, read, dance, jump, play or gate with them.
  • DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN WITHOUT MAKING PEACE AND SAYING SORRY !!!

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