When a little baby is born into the world, his parents’ time is taken up mostly with his physical needs. He mostly needs to be kept warm and dry and fed. He is constantly needing their time in many little ways and his spiritual needs seem to be summed up in simply giving him affection, during this time when his physical needs seem to consume so much of their time.There is a time, however, when the child grows, and the physical need diminishes somewhat and the spiritual need increases. Many parents seem to be stuck here in the physical need syndrome and many neglect the spiritual training of their children.
February 17, 2009 The remainder of this article is self-condemning…………….
One day my two granddaughters were lying on the bed with me and I was reading them their favorite (and mine at the time) story about Raffy, a little giraffe.
I was in the middle of the story…and the telephone rang. I just ignored it and said: “Oh it is probably just _____________ so I’ll just call her back later.
I started reading again…and my four-year old granddaughter interrupted me and said in her quiet little voice: “Me-Ma, she might be needing you really bad.”
What I should have done was answer it and tell her the situation and say I would call her back later. My granddaughter doesn’t remember all that…thankfully, and hopefully good influence from me has overshadowed that one(?)time. (smile)
So….as parents and grandparents, we need to be careful. Our influence can be more powerful than we realize…and believe me they are watching…and listening.