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Shepherding our Children
Yesterday we took the time to reflect on our many blessings. My children are at the very top of that list along with God and my faith and my amazing husband. Once you have children you are then accountable to the Father for how you raise His children. Because they are His, not ours. We have an amazing and wonderful blessing to live with and care for His children. But we also have a huge responsibility to raise them up in the way that they should go. To impart to them the wisdom that God has granted each of us. To shepherd them.
In our featured post this week we have a fathers take on what it means to shepherd our children. How beautiful it is and the responsibility that this entails.
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Sheep are not known to be terribly fierce. They’re not frightful beasts. And where the popular culture paints children as terrors to be cordoned off, caged or relegated to “the kids’ table”, Jesus regards them as important members of His flock. While the Bible teaches us “spare the rod; spoil the child”, it also tells us not to provoke them to wrath. So, what do we do?
Simple. Sheperd their hearts. When a sheep is sick, the Shepherd anoints its head with oil. When the sheep wander off, eyes to the ground, chowing grass, and led astray by its own appetite, it may find itself precariously perched in a dangerous place or entangled in thorns. The Shepherd goes after it with a staff designed to free them from self-imposed harm. When the sheep is nosing around in a bush known for its toxic berries, the Shepherd may hurl the rod to save it from sudden disaster. But He does so with urgency and care; it’s personal. It’s loving. It’s not reckless.
Discipline is designed to disciple (instructive). Rebuke is intended to repair (restorative). It has been said, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” (caring)
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