We recently held a “Pumpkin Run” party club in which we played a unique game. The goal: create the tallest structure possible using big marshmallows and pretzel sticks. The tallest structure still standing at the end of five minutes wins.
There was a flurry of little hands and minds attempting to make the greatest structure possible. One of our builders got a little derailed as he partook of some of the building materials, but then the desire to win washed over him and he was back in the game. We had first, second, and third place winners. We had songs, a Bible story, a memory verse, and more games. Then at the end of club, each child got some pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and more prizes. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable time.
Later, I felt like the Lord was impressing on me that His heart is to see children grow in love, godly potential, energy, joy, and faith and hope. Children need godly adults to support them in love, and to uphold them in prayer. They need us to call them up with kindness so that they can experience Jesus through His Word, and through our example of His love.
Children need the adults around them to show God’s love, not just tell them. They need loving guidance and leadership. We need to seek the Lord on their behalf, so that we have the words and attitude that will impart His love. And some of the ways we can do this are just by spending time with them, listening to them, and even building marshmallow and pretzel structures. God says that:
Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. Psalm 127:3 (NLT).
I pray that whether you are with your own children, grandchildren, or any children God has placed in your life, that you will ask Him to show you their potential. That you will pray His will, love, and protection over them. That you will ask Him to give you the words they need to hear, and that you may be a conduit of His love for them.