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!

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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