Have you had your Joy Juice today? Drinking large portions of joy in the Lord safeguards us against harmful influences.
When a new baby comes into a home, the parents try to do everything they can to keep him safe. They childproof everything….putting covers on the outlets, locks on the cupboards and removing anything that may be of danger to an exploring child. From infancy a child needs protection. Proper bedding is important; keeping plastic away from little hands; safety rails on the crib…etc, etc.
Parents are usually pretty good at taking proper safety precautions---physically. But what about spiritually? Do we take safeguards in teaching our children about joy in relationship with Jesus? Do we see an importance in making sure they are in church on a regular basis to learn about God and His ways? We can’t always tell our kids what to think or believe, but we can lay a foundation so that when the time comes for them to make important decisions, they will be ready.
2 Timothy 3:15-17 says it well: “and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
As parents, grandparents, and Christian adults, let’s strive to “safeguard” our children by teaching them the joy of Jesus.