My children and I spend time together doing regular Bible studies. A few weeks ago, we were meditating together on the passage found in the book of James chapter one:
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. …” (The full passage was James 1:2-7, NIV)
However, as my seven-year-old son was reading the verse aloud, he inadvertently changed a single word…which had significant impact on the focus of the passage. He innocently said, ” Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kids…”
Almost immediately, a huge belly-laugh emanated from his delighted father. I could not help but also think of some friends of ours: One couple is a parent of five, and another a parent of seven (whew!). None of us actually consider our children a “trial” or burden, but rather a huge blessing from the LORD. (Actually, the older ones help with the younger ones…thus, it gets easier the more you add to your quiver. And regarding financial provision: The LORD always adds to that also as we become “fruitful and multiply” if we trust Him at His Word.)
Nevertheless, there can be times periodically when parents of multiple children can feel like they are “herding cats.” There can occasionally be a challenge…even though normally our children are all a delight and major blessing.
As I chuckled away, my son looked at me as if to say, “What?” (which only made it funnier). When I could regain my composure, I re-quoted his version of the Scripture back to him. Then we all shared a hearty laugh together.
As a side note: Take time to do regular Bible studies with your children. Not only will you be fulfilling the Scripture which exhorts, “Train up a child in the way they should go…” (Proverbs 22:6), but you will also find yourself edified from both the additional time in the Word and the time with your children. (And a few belly-laughs in delight of your children’s innocence will be good medicine for you too.)
Blessings to you and yours,