Your Face Matters

Posted on September 14, 2011 · Posted in Parenting, Proverbs, Uncategorized

Life in the middle of a world that is hectic, demanding, and difficult can weigh heavily on the minds of parents.  Because of this it is easy to forget the impact you have on your children.  Parent, you are your child’s world. Even when your children become teenagers their life centers around their interaction with you, even if that interaction is unpleasant. For younger children, what Mom and Dad think of them is their world.  Proverbs 16:15 makes this point:

When a king’s face brightens, it means life;

his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.

Yes, I realize you are not a king or a queen. But to your children you are the most important person in their world.  In a monarchy, such as ancient Israel, the king had the power of life and death. So when a king who smiled at you was a good thing.  Your children will also be affected by the expression on your face. Don’t let the pressures of everyday life result in a face that is always deep in thought or frowning.  A face that is bright with the joy of Christ and the blessing that sins are forgiven is a precious gift that you can give to your child. Sometimes, when things are hard and your face is bright, your children may ask why you are smiling. It is a blessing to be able to tell them that despite all that is going on, you are grateful for Jesus and you are thrilled that God has given you children to love.  Give your kids the blessing of a bright face, especially when things are hard!

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.