Our Kids Listen to Us

I had to share this.  Recently, Zoe, a 7 year old girl at our church, had a playground accident and broke her arm.  She was brave and endured the pain.  Her 8 year old brother, Jack, helped to get the ambulance and even got Zoe a stuffed animal so she would be comforted.  That alone is enough to make any parent proud!  Before the ambulance left for the hospital Jack said to his sister- “Don’t worry Zoe, by His stripes we are healed.”

This is what I call the parental payoff.  Jack and Zoe’s parents are faithful Christians.  I know that they have spent time trying to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ to their children.  They are also “normal” – which means I am sure at times they wondered if anything is getting through.  Here, in a crisis moment, their son Jack recalled 1 Peter 2:24, and comforted his sister with truth from God’s Word.  What a joy!

As a parent who sometimes wonders if his children are receiving the spiritual instruction given to them I was greatly encouraged by this family.  If anything it reminds us to continue to train up our children in the instruction of the Lord.  I wonder if my brother was laid up in an ambulance if I would have thought to use 1 Peter 2:24 as encouragement.  I will now.  Thanks Jack and Zoe!

Published by Ryan Boys

Ryan serves as the Senior Pastor of Green Pond Bible Chapel in Rockaway, New Jersey. He is married with four children.

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