By Olaitan Oye-Adeitan

More often than not, many parents, guardians, caregivers, teachers and society do not see the child/children in their custody as a special assignment given to them by God.

To many couples, being blessed with the fruit of the womb is considered a common thing that should happen in marriage.

No doubt children are God’s blessings to families, bearing and having children in one’s custody goes beyond just the usual perception and general belief.

Children as the Bible says are the “Heritage of the Lord”, Psalm 127:3.

So, that child in your care belongs to God, the Almighty.

God has only decided to put him/her in your care to nurture for His glory.

Perhaps, we should pause here and see that, for God to place what belongs to Him in the care of mere mortals is such a great honour and privilege that could only come from God alone.

Therefore, whether you a the biological parent, foster parent, guardian or caregiver, that child in your hands is not just an ordinary thing, an accident or mistake but a divine and sacred assignment committed into your hands by God, the OWNER.

A little girl being scolded by her parent.

It behoves every parent to handle this divine task with all dedication and reverence to the Giver of that duty.

Just as God called Adam to keep the Garden of Eden, you are expected to nurture, tenderly feed, clothe, train and guide these children in accordance with the leading of the Holy Spirit to enable them to fulfil the purpose for which He has brought them to the world and not for selfish reasons.

Unfortunately, some parents are ignorant of this truth and claim so much ownership of these children that they go to the extent of imposing on them, course of study, career, choice of partner, where to live, among other things.

Unknown to such parents, they would only succeed in building a child for their pleasure and not God’s.

By so doing, the child would have been led away from His original purpose while fulfilling destiny may become a mirage. 

This is one of the reasons many young people have lost focus in life while there is a lack of fulfilment which may result in so much struggle and frustration.

See what Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

This establishes the fact that God has full control of the life of every child and determines their destiny.

No parent would ever be happy seeing his/her child maltreated, abused or subjected to any form of violent treatment.

Whoever mishandles any child grieves the heart of God.

For effective and successful parenting, realize this truth that no parent can achieve this on his own strength or wisdom.

You need to draw from the One who gave you that precious gift.

Join me next week for more.

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