We may start to lose our sense of awe and respect for God's creation throughout the hectic daily moments of our lives. We might become numb to life's little quirks and the elegance of everyday pleasures..
We may start to lose our sense of awe and respect for God's creation throughout the hectic daily moments of our lives. We might become numb to life's little quirks and the elegance of everyday pleasures.
Children are fantastic at encouraging us to enjoy the present and slow down, but sometimes even they need a reminder to go outside and enjoy God's creation. How can we, as parents, encourage our kids to develop respect for all creatures in God's kingdom?
Our family enjoyed seeing the robin eggs hatch the previous year. Was an incredible experience! We would awaken every morning thinking about those little blue eggs. To see whether another egg had hatched, we'd dash outside, jump up on a chair leaning against a tree, and check. That was a lovely event for the whole family to go through. I started crying when I saw how happy my kids were. No video game could ever take the place of seeing the birth of one of God's creatures!
We instantly rush to the birth of Jesus because Christmas is quickly coming. What about the unique role that animals could have played, though? Despite the fact that the Bible is silent on the subject, traditional Christmas pageants and nativity representations depict Mary riding a donkey into Bethlehem.
Can you see Mary, the mother of Jesus, walking 80 miles on foot at that point in her pregnancy? Donkeys sometimes have a poor name, but I'm confident that Mary's drained, worn-out feet and expanding belly sent the donkey a hearty thank you for the trip! What about the sheep who were bleating in the field and the stable that was likely crowded with animals? God specifically picked this location to give birth to Christ, surrounded by the creatures He made!
Like my own, the majority of young youngsters are enthralled by animals. Our neighborhood zoo just unveiled a lion display. God's creations are incredibly awe-inspiring, especially the large and powerful ones! God loves both people like you and me and animals as well! He made them, after all!
He is a true God of structure and specificity. God's kingdom requires appropriate stewardship from us. I love that when we include animals in our life, both children and adults may more completely understand our awesome God, the Creator of all things large and little.
The heavenly Father feeds the birds of the air despite the fact that they neither sow nor reap nor collect into barns. Aren't you worth more than they are? Who among you can lengthen his life by even one hour by being anxious? And why do you worry so much about clothes? Take a look at how the lilies of the field grow; they do not labor or spin. Matt. 6:26–28
Whether you like animals or not, it's crucial to realize that God is concerned with all of His creations. Children may see how great their God is by observing how He treats all of His creations, including animals. We may take solace in the knowledge that God can look after you and me if He can watch over and provide for the birds and the lilies of the valley.
Reading Matthew 6:26–28 to kids can help them understand the depth of God's immense love for them. I frequently read the Bible but ignore the little details, in this example, the animals.
The passage that comes right before the well-known one, "Believe in the Lord with all your heart," in my opinion holds the key to compassion and developing a good reputation for God among our friends and leaders. According to the Bible,
Never let compassion and loyalty forsake you; do so, and you will get favor and a good (Godly) reputation.
The desire to be liked is not a bad thing. We all desire acceptance and affection. Yet it's just not worth it when our drive to fit in leads us to make poor decisions. This verse demonstrates how God's method of fidelity and love will result in the proper type of popularity—the sort that earns respect from peers and authority figures.
Verse 5 and verse 6 tell us that putting our faith in God will always direct us in the right direction. We may put our lives in God's hands with confidence because of who He created us to be.
Even if it might not seem "popular" at the time, the Bible assures us that choosing kindness will always result in our greatest reputation and the best conclusion.