One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.
— Mark 10:13 NLT
We can never seem to find enough time to do the things we need to do. So who gets left out in the "busy-ness" of life? Children tend to be forgotten, neglected, ignored, put off, or left out when schedules get crunched — and this oversight is true even in our child-dominated cultures. Even when children have a key place in adult schedules, this time is often centered on the children's performing or competing against other children. Sometimes, we take such little amounts of time just to be with children and let them just be with us — nothing specific to do, to win, or to perform — just be with us. This reality is nothing new. Children often have been left out, pushed to the periphery of life, or simply neglected. Jesus had many important things to do. The disciples just didn't realize children should be viewed as very important. Jesus did. Now so should we!
O Father in heaven, thank you. Thank you for the gift of children. Thank you for the gift of future. Thank you for the gift of wild-eyed wonder. Help me to show the children around me that they are special and important — not only to me, but also to you. Amen
Related Scripture Readings
- Mark 1:1-11
- Mark 10:24-31
- Mark 9:2-8
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.