“Children are our greatest natural resource.” “Children are our future.” We hear these and similar sayings and perhaps give a nod of approval. But how seriously do we take these truths? How focused are our prayers for the children in our community? How close are we willing to get to children that lack good mentors? I find it odd that when we perceive something wrong in society, our response is to complain or argue, when a more practical solution would be to try to win the hearts and minds of the next generation. It is strange that when a misguided child acts out, we respond with “If that were my kid…” rather than trying to treat them like we would our own children.
Investing in the lives of children is good and necessary. But if we put the practical nature of it aside, we still find that they are of extreme value. This should be instinctual in the Christian heart, because Jesus believed this very thing. In Matthew 19:13-14 we read, “Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.’ ” The youngest of children exhibit wonderful traits that we adults lost long ago: innocence, trust, loyalty. There is no doubt that our hearts should long for the well-being of these little ones and should break over their suffering.
This is why I’m excited to host Andy Baker today. Andy is the president of Remember the Children, a ministry I and my family have followed for several years. I hope you will welcome him today and learn more about what God is doing through this ministry to bless some of the most helpless children in the world.