Have you ever thought about the way you talk about your children? The world’s lingo, once you stop to think about it, is so degrading of these precious, young ones. Often, as a believer, you and I can fall into the same way of expression. We simply do not give a second thought to the way we refer to our children, and God must cringe when He hears the words we use!Photo credit: WarzauWynn via photopin cc
Do You Talk About Your Children The Way The World Does?
These are the actions I have caught myself doing to my children on a weekly basis (try to spot the horrific lingo pattern):
I drop my children at their swimming lessons
I throw my children in the car
I stick my children in front of a DVD
I chuck my children at a friend’s house
I dump my children somewhere while I run some errands
And worse of all, I allow them to overhear me using this terminology while I talk to others about them!
My dear friend, this should not be!
Do You See Your Children The Way the World Sees them?
In the world’s eyes, children are seen as a burden. They are perceived as a hindrance to being able to “do whatever you want.” Viewed as objects that should be seen and not heard.
Let me ask you something… what would you do with a stone?
I’ll tell you what…
You would drop it.
You would throw it.
You would stick it various places.
You would chuck it.
You would dump it.
I am repenting before my Lord and Saviour, who has bestowed upon me the riches of parenthood. He has granted me the privilege of raising the future generation; of honing vessels who will eternally glorify the King of Kings. While I have spoken about them with such thoughtlessness and disrespect.
What You Can Change As a Godly Parent?
If you, too, have been guilty of speaking of your children as though they were useless, inanimate, worthless stones, perhaps together we can begin to change our ways. And our words.
I dare suggest that once you start to speak of your children with words and phrases that reflect their worth, the result will be that their significance and value will skyrocket in your own mind and heart too.Photo credit: Holtsman via photopin cc
Your children, my beloved, are treasures to be cherished, nourished, and loved. What a witness it would be if we, as believers, stood out and apart from the world like sore thumbs in the way we spoke about our little ones. (tweet)
The Word of God so wisely puts it in John 15:19:
If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
As a believer you are called to be different. The world will hate you. They will not understand why your talk and your walk are different. But God will be pleased with you. And He is the one that counts!
May your words, and mine, in our children’s presence and absence, reflect the true value of who they are to us, and to their Maker. (tweet)
Have you been guilty of talking about your children the way the world does? What are some ways you will replace the “acceptable” lingo with Godly terms?