Saturday, November 12, 2011

Shrinking Window of Opportunity

Shrinking Window of Opportunity
Biblical Priority #3 - Children
by Carri P.

My 24 year old niece recently passed away after the fight of her life against Lupus. There is almost nothing more grievous than losing a child. To know you will never see their sweet young face again and that you will sorely miss them at future family functions is almost too much to bear. However, the very hardest part of losing a child is the realization of the amount of time that you did not spend with them helping to prepare them for their eternity. How hard would it have been for me to go over to her house to love on her and just have one or two serious spiritual discussions with her? Perhaps gently share my heart and experiences with her? The window of opportunity shrinks each and every day. We do not know how much time we have left to influence those in our circle of influence. Our children need us to speak God’s truth to them as often as possible. God’s Word tells us to instruct our children, “5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:5-7 This passage tells us we need to be talking to our children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and other children in our circle of influence. God has given us these children as our own personal mission field. We can say thank you to God by instructing them and sharing His love with them on a frequent basis. We should feel a true sense of urgency to assist in ensuring the safety of our children’s souls and preparing them for the lies and temptations they will face each day in the world.
CHALLENGE: Have a spiritual discussion with your own children and with at least one of the children in your circle of influence.


SUZ said...

I am so sorry carri! Please let Terri and the rest of your family know that you are in my prayers. I remember meeting Alicia when she was only about a month old. I didn't know about the Lupus. We will never know the reasons God has for what happens in our lives, but find the comfort in KNOWING IT IS ALL GOD'S PLAN!

Miss you and Love you and your family

Susan (Garraty-Gray) Shoun

Anonymous said...

Carri-I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your blog and tribute speak so much truth on our responsibility to children. I think you are an amazing mother and someone to admire.
You and your family will be in my prayers.
Tammy Punko