Earlier this week, I saw a tweet from a fellow named Dustin Benge that put a lot of wisdom in a few words. He said:
There is a 0.0296% chance that your child will become a professional athlete.
There is a 0.0086% chance that your child will become a famous celebrity.
There is a 100% certainty that your child will stand before Jesus.
What are you teaching your children?
Even if you’re past the stage of parenting, or are not a parent, there is still helpful instruction in that short tweet.
Each of us has a measure of influence over some children, whether of our own family, our church family, or our neighbourhood. We have an opportunity in each interaction to have an influence. Are we taking advantage of that opportunity?
It can be through our use of words, our actions, even our gestures. What are we saying to the kids with whom we have contact?
No matter what or who they become as adults, there is a 100% certainty that they will stand before Jesus one day. And you might be the conduit through whom they come to know him as Lord and Saviour.
Think about that as you engage with kids of any age.
“Children are a gift from the Lord” (Psalm 127.3a, NLT).