There is an unspoken rivalry existing in our world today. None of us want to admit it, but we all think our kid is the best. Ask our classroom teachers and our coaches. They run into parents weekly that have a distorted view of reality when it comes to their “special” child. Secretly we all believe our children are the best, and truthfully, better than others. We look for evidence to justify our beliefs. So, we focus on their awards, accomplishments, and unique qualities.
But we need to remember, from the perspective of God, they are NOT special because . . .
- They are smarter than others and win academic awards.
- They are stronger than others and score more goals.
- They are prettier than others and have better clothes.
- They come from a wealthy established family in town.
- They are your child!
In truth, they are special and unique because . . . .
- God sees them as special. God created every child that exists. Each child is made in the image of God and crowned with glory and honor (Gen. 1:26-27; Psalm 8:5). God loves children and bestows significance upon their protection and nurturing in his word. When you consider the diversity of children across our community, you realize that each one is different, but special. God created them all after his image. This makes them special!
- Jesus treated children as special. In Mark 10, a story is told about children coming to Jesus, and the disciples trying to stop them from getting to Jesus. Jesus stopped his disciples and encouraged the children to come to him. The Bible says, “he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them” (v. 16). Jesus valued children and demonstrated that love for children, and all humanity, as he died for them on the cross (John 3:16).
- They have a soul. An eternal spirit or soul is what makes every human different and special. Each child will live in eternity forever and ever in one of two places; heaven or hell. Jesus warned us about causing little ones to sin (Mat. 18:5-6). We must take our training of children seriously, because their soul is at stake.
- They have a divine purpose. The psalmist describes children as “arrows in the hand of a warrior” (Psalm 127:4). Paul said that we are his “workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works” (Eph. 2:10). Children are endowed with gifts and talents, which they have a responsibility of using for the glory of God. God has a great purpose and mission for their life.
We need to be reminded of why our children are special, so we will not allow the world to define it. If we focus on what they do and accomplish as reasons why they are special, then we set them up for disappointment when they fail. Their worth should not come from their deeds, but from their intrinsic value bestowed upon them by God!