Growing Little Women

Ephesians 5:1-2, 8
Be ye therefore followers of God as dear children: and walk in love . . . walk as children of light.

John 13:15
I have given you an example that you should do as I have done unto you.

On Saturday I had the privilege of speaking for a mother-daughter brunch where the theme was Growing Little Women. Preparing for this topic forced me to do a good deal of thinking. How do you condense into 30 minutes what it takes to raise a little girl (or boy)? I finally concluded that there are three broad guidelines that encompass all the rest of the details that accomplish this task.

First, recognize that no two children are made alike. Each has her/his own unique physical, mental, emotional make-up. Trying to squeeze one child into the mold of another never works. You must teach, encourage, and discipline each one according to his/her individual uniqueness.

Second, realize that while each is a unique creation, all have the same basic needs. Physically they all must have food, clothing and shelter. Emotionally they all need to feel loved, valued and significant. Spiritually all children need the forgiveness of sins and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to "grow" them, and these gifts come through Jesus Christ.

Finally, provide them with an example to follow. They learn best from what they see in your life. Be an example of honesty, integrity, self-discipline, morality. The best gift you can give any child is a good example to follow, because it will point them to Jesus-our supreme example.

Whether you're a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher, helper, coach, neighbor, or friend, in one way or another, you influence the lives of children. Someone has said, "Children make up 19% of America's population, and 100% of our future." Be aware every day that children are growing around you!

Father, make me constantly aware that little eyes and ears are observing and are influenced by my life. Help me to walk as He walked, talk as He talked, live as He lived and love as He loved.

By Ann Shorb
©Copyright Ann Shorb, 2007

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