Monday, August 17, 2009

daily text 08/17

Monday, August 17th, 2009
"Let the young children come to me, and do not try to stop them. For the kingdom of God belongs to suchlike ones." (Luke 18:16)

Jesus was interested not only in adults but also in children. He knew about the games youngsters played and the things they said. Sometimes he would invite children to come to him. (Luke 7:31, 32) Many children were among the crowds listening to Jesus. When young boys shouted out in praise of the Messiah, Jesus took note and showed that the Scriptures had foretold this. (Matthew 14:21; 15:38; 21:15, 16) Today, many children are becoming disciples of Jesus. So how can you help them? To help your child spiritually, you must listen to him. You need to understand what ideas he has that may be out of harmony with Jehovah's thinking. Regardless of what your child says, it is wise to respond first with a positive remark. Then you can use appropriate scriptures to help your child understand Jehovah's view of matters.
(Watchtower issue: 11/15/07, 2:17, 18)

*another really awesome spiritual benefit that parents can utilize is by having a mature brother or sister conduct a Bible study with their children (especially if parents are having a difficult time communicating with their kids or teenagers) From personal experience I can say that there were a few sisters in particular, who made a big impact on my life growing up, (including one of my aunts) They were such positive spiritual 'role models' and 'mentors' to me, not only by studying the Bible with me and taking me out in the field ministry, but I also absorbed alot just by being around them. I think all kids should have the opportunity to have a spiritually mature brother or sister as a mentor, (in addition to the Bible-training they receive from their parents) because it really does help to expand their knowledge and appreciation for spiritual things. -As well as helping them to develop a more well-rounded and mature outlook on life...even at a relatively young age. It's kind of like the 'Big-Brother'/'Big-Sister' program, but even better, since it combines positive social interaction with spirituality.