Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
For the last two weeks I have written about children of various ages, starting with teenagers then working my way backward to young kids and this week, BABIES.
The words of Amy Grant’s 1991 hit seem all-together appropriate right now: “Baby, Baby, I’m taken with notion to love you with the sweetest of devotion.”
And devotion is important, because infants, although sweet, are not easy. They require a lot of work. Denise and I are only a few of the millions of parents that have had many sleepless nights, arm-loads of diapers & wipes, late night feedings, messes and crying (the baby and us!).
The challenges are plentiful but so are the joys. Who can resist the coo’s, giggles, smiles and first steps of a little one? There is such amazing wonderment in hearing a child’s first few words, and seeing them light up with recognition as you walk into the room. This is the stuff that money cannot buy, and a few of the reasons why, even though it can be difficult, we keep being “fruitful and multiplying.”
These early years of a child’s formation are so vital. Much of a boy or girl’s emotional and spiritual capacities are being shaped during these years. They are not “too young to get it.” Babies are absorbing huge amounts, so it’s important to establish a consistent and Godly environment for their soul-shaping.
Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”