I am still reading along with the 7 tools book club. I did miss posting last week, but I was still reading along. This last week we read chapter 4 Discovering Purpose. The entire chapter is very thought provoking, but the section discussing nurturing your child’s spiritual growth pricked my heart.
Zan Tyler tells the story of when her son would witness to people as a child. In one instance, he witnessed to a security guard. This really got me thinking. What would I do if my son stopped in the middle of the sidewalk and started talking to an adult? Would I allow him to do what he felt he was supposed to do, or would I hush him and keep walking?
So many times parents discount what their children are capable of. God can use a little one just as much if not more than he can an adult. I fully believe children hear the voice of God. Are we as parents teaching them to listen and follow that voice, or are we teaching them to ignore what the Lord is speaking to them.
I remember one time when my oldest was 6, we were running very late to an event, and my car keys were lost. I had looked everywhere. I was flying through the house yelling for everyone to hurry up and help find them. All of a sudden I heard a tiny little voice behind me say, “mommy I think you should look in the laundry hamper.” Sure enough when I went to the laundry room and looked in the hamper the keys were in my husbands pocket from the night before. If I had stopped being in a flustered, rushed craze, I am sure I would have heard the Lord leading me. How many know that sometimes if we would just ask and be quiet, God is more than happy to help us, even in the small things?
After reading this week it has caused me to be more aware that my children may be little, but they are little people learning to hear, and follow His voice. I want to help cultivate every single gift in each of my amazing children.