Appreciating the Gift of Children
“Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him. Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them!” Psalm 127:3-4
One of the greatest gifts the Lord has ever given me was my three daughters. In the busyness of life, it is easy to forget just how precious a gift from God our children are. Now that my children are grown, I am reminded just how much I have appreciated these great gifts from God. Psalm 127:3-4 gives us some powerful reasons to appreciate the gift of children.
First, the Psalmist reminds us here that they are a reward from God. A reward is something you should enjoy. My wife and I have always tried to enjoy our children. We wanted to spend as much time with them as we could when they were growing up.
Occasionally, I love to look back at old pictures and remember the days when they were little. What fun times we had while they were growing up. My wife and I always wanted to create a home in which laughter permeated our times together. That same sense of fun is still such a big part of our lives even now that they are grown.
Next, in order to appreciate any gift, I believe we must use it as it was intended. God intended for us as Christian parents for us to raise “warriors” that will impact our culture for Christ. We as parents should desire to point our children towards a lifelong love relationship with Jesus Christ. I can think of no better way to appreciate what the Lord has done in our lives through our children than to give them back to Him to use for His glory.
C.S. Lewis once said: “Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.” I believe that this holds true of children as well.
My wife Karen and I have prayed as parents over the years that God might truly use our kids to bring glory to God. I believe that is the essence of what the Psalmist is saying about our children “being arrows in a warrior’s hands.” I am convinced that God has great plans for our children and those plans include living a life that will not only bring honor and glory to God but also living a life that will accomplish great things for Him!
Finally, the Psalmist reminds us of “how joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them.” I am grateful that God is giving us this opportunity as parents to truly appreciate the gift of children. Personally, I have been blessed to experience the joy that the Psalmist speaks of as I have watched my girls grow in the Lord and be used by Him.
May God truly bless you as appreciate the gift of children from the Lord!