We must become humble as a child

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By Pearl Harper

My children and grandchildren have always been such a big part of my life. We have nine grandchildren ages nine through  30, and one great grandson. The age span gives constant amusement for me and Bob. And I might add as they grew into teenagers our prayer life became more steadfast and more faithful.
When Jacob wanted to reconcile with Esau (remember Jacob stole Esau’s birthright) he was concerned how Esau would receive him. In Genesis chapter 33, we read how Esau received him with gladness.
In verse five Esau asked Jacob, “Who are these with thee?” Jacob replied, “The children which God hath graciously given thy servant.”
Psalm 127:3, tells us, “Lo children are a heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”
Proverbs 17:6, “Children’s, children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.”
I feel like adding at this point, there are many people who do not have children of their own, but they have been a caretaker to others.
Children touch my heart. When they are young their hearts are so tender. Be sure you are truthful to them, they often imitate what is happening in their surroundings-make sure you are a loving caring role model.
What a touching story we read in Mark 10:13-16 (read it all) the disciples rebuked the people who brought the children to Jesus. This displeases Jesus and he said unto the disciples, “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for as such is the kingdom of God.
Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child. He shall not enter therein.
And He took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them and blessed them.”
Read Matthew 18:1-7, The disciples wanted to know, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them. And said, “Verily I say unto you, except you be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of God.
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
Our nine-year-old grandson was trying to persuade his mom to home school him this year. After several attempts to change her mind and her telling him “no way,” he said, why not, we have a home! While we were trying not to laugh, he looked at her and said, what are you going to be doing all day?
Not even considering he has a sister and a brother, and mom is a chauffeur, cook, house cleaner, helper in her husband’s office sometimes and has many more hats to wear.
Some of my best times are spent one on one with a child (or several). You are always the winner when you take time to pursue friendship with children.
We are to teach and train our children and others when the opportunity comes our way.
God Bless.