From Our Family Pastor, Dennis Johns:
This past weekend I was privileged to “supply” preach
at River Oaks Baptist Church where my oldest son Christian
serves as Minister to Students/Youth. They are currently without a pastor and need to fill the pulpit until an interim is secured during their continued search for a pastor. It was an enjoyable experience, and it prompted me to reflect a bit on parenthood. The congregation was very welcoming, and every person that we met told us of their appreciation for Christian and complimented his character and ministry. As a dad, I so enjoy hearing words of praise for my children.
When others speak highly of our children, it brings a
sense of pride. I don’t think I am alone on this, am I? As parents we can’t help but be proud of accomplishments or the fact that others take note of such when it comes to our kids, no matter how old they may be.
This experience made me think about how, as parents, we view our surroundings many times with prejudice. When our boys were younger, we would be eating out at a restaurant; and I would take notice of how the waitstaff would treat them. It really wasn’t a conscious thing at the time, but if the waiter/waitress interacted with encouragement to Christian and Parker, I was eager to reward them with a more generous tip when it came time to pay the bill.
I love my kids, but that doesn’t hold a candle to how God
loves His children. He has no prejudice, and His love doesn’t
depend upon how good the service is, He just loves.
I hope we are treating His kids well…