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       How do you change the world? By reaching the children! Any nation with a healthy, vibrant generation of children has hope for a bright future. That explains the intense attack on children all over the world. We see it in the devastating infant mortality rate of third world countries and in millions of children killed before they are allowed to be born in “developed” nations. We see it in countless children being abandoned and abused and in ever younger children being drawn into drug and alcohol abuse. We see it in the exposure of children to depravity and immorality, desensitizing them on things that Ephesians call “shameful to even speak of.” The Enemy has certainly laid plans for the destruction of this generation. But the Living God has also made plans, for good and not for evil, for a future and a hope!

       What is God’s channel of blessing for the younger generation? Our generation! God asks us to invest in the children—to invest time, energy, and attention. He asks us to share the ways He has worked in our lives, even if it means admitting we have stumbled, in order to tell how God picked us up! “We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done” (Psalm 78:4 NIV).

       In Deuteronomy 6:7, God gives a specific plan for reaching children: spend time with them. That sounds simple, but time is often on of the factors we most try to control. This passage reminds us that the everyday things we do are opportunities to share with children about God’s grace and power. It is the ordinary moments that may have the deepest impact—when we are spending time at home, when we are doing our daily activities, when we put children to bed, and when we get them up. It is more than being in the same room, it is actually taking time to talk and to listen, making it a priority every day just to be together! Meal times can be an important occasion—a time when families can talk about life and hope, a time when each person finds encouragement and strength. Our children can begin and end their day knowing they are loved by us and by the living God.
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Excerpt from Threads of Grace, ©2012 Ambassador Publications, reprinted by permission, p.54. This devotional book is available at www.ambassadorpublications.org/store .