They have a mind of their own

They Have a mind of their own 8.3.15

Oh the imagination of little minds! When my two were young they loved building a fort in the nearby woods. With their two little hands and able bodies, they got into the shed and dragged out anything that could create an amazing fort. With the shed doors open, items spewed all over the driveway, my two builders dragged rakes, fencing, pieces of wood, lawn ornaments, rebar poles, and rope into the woods to start construction.   They enjoyed working and setting up their new shelter without even a thought to the mess they left behind. They had a mind of their own and were on a mission. Upon coming home though, Dad did not share in the vision of their new construction. Back to the garage everything went.

This went on for an entire summer. Repeatedly, our two dragged items to the woods to create a fort and repeatedly Dad would require them to put it all away. I have to believe though, that for those few hours of dragging, building, and creating, the only thing that held them back was their own mind and imagination.

Our children certainly have minds of their own. It is always fun to see how children have their own way of doing things. If you have more than one in your home, then you know how vastly different they each are. None of them think about things and situations the same. Each mind is its own.

Deuteronomy 11:19 says, “Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” God’s words are to be passed down. This part we know. The challenge is to be wise about how we pass things down. With each child’s mind being unique and amazing, we must be aware and teach with discernment the words of the Lord in a way that is just as unique and special to the mind we are teaching to. No one needs to point out the danger when we try to force God’s ways into the life of a child that needs to receive it creatively. Anger and rebellion are just around the corner.

In Matthew 19:14 Jesus reminds us, “…Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” We are warned…do not hinder. That means we  must fight the desire to shush them, straighten them up, and turn them into mini adults without taking into consideration how their minds need to receive His love and words.

Acknowledge and embrace that children DO have a mind of their own, unique, imaginative, creative, and encouraged by Christ himself! May we be even more creative and imaginative in realizing the differences each child has and teaching His words appropriately to their hearts and minds.

~Dayna

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