One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him. When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them. Mark 10:13-16

Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your acts. Psalm 145:3-4

Love the Lord, all his faithful people! The Lord preserves those who are true to him, but the proud he pays back in full. Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:23-24

Today’s thoughts from today’s verses:

When it comes to raising kids, what most of us really want in the end is to have them grow up to know, love, and live for God fully. If you are looking for a formula that makes that happen easily, neatly, and thoroughly, it does not exist. The pursuit of raising godly kids is as hard as it gets, is very messy, and offers little certainty or finality. However, God’s presence, guidance, strength, and comfort can be counted on completely as we stay faithful to the task. Faithfulness has its own reward and as a reward it is ample and often very loosely connected with results. This is a good thing for several reasons: (1) the results anticipated are not always realized; (2) the results anticipated may not be in accord with the actual task to which we need to be faithful and contribute to our settling for much less than we should; (3) even when the results anticipated come about and are the result of our faithfulness to the task, our kids may not recognize it as such even to the point of viewing the good spot they have gotten to as having come about in spite of our efforts. Results are God’s doing. Our job is to stay close to God throughout the journey,

seek His guidance for the task, rely upon him for strength and enabling, and experience His deep comfort in all our faithful efforts. This is what helping our kids to know, love, and live fully for God is really all about and this is the focus of this week’s Devotionals.

Today’s prayer response from today’s thoughts:

Lord, I get it. When I consistently experience your presence, guidance, strength, and comfort in my life, I will be living fully. When I live fully, I will be faithfully helping my kids to live fully. To this end help me to be faithful and all the while help me to leave the results in your capable hands, Lord. Amen!