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Attention! May I Have Your Attention, Please!

When I was in high school, a good friend gave me a card with a little girl standing very straight, one arm in the air waving, shouting, "Attention! May I have your attention, PLEASE!". In order to get my full attention, my children sometimes have to stand in front of me, waving their arms, shouting, "Hey Mom!!".

Why should we give our attention to our children? Why should we listen to them, really hear what they are saying? Why should we watch them? Why should we go to them, get at their eye-level, and experience what they are doing?

Many reasons come to mind. We could be alerted to a potential problem in their life. We could realize they are in trouble. We could discover what they are curious about, interested in, learning about. We could be there to answer important questions at just the right time, directing them to Jesus Christ and His Word. We could model (modeling is such an important part of parenting, isn't it?) listening, really listening, helping them to develop this important habit.

In Dr. David Jeremiah's book, The Power of Encouragement, he says ...

I have come to understand there is no formula which is readily prescribed, easily taken, or immediately successful for encouraging other believers. What we are to them is often far more important than what we say. How we sit and listen and are a part of their lives is often far more important that the words we speak.

In Shepherding A Child's Heart, Tedd Tripp writes ...

You must become a good listener. You will miss precious opportunities when you only half-listen to your children. The best way you can train your children to be active listeners is by actively listening to them.

In his book, How To Raise Your Children For Christ, Andrew Murray prays ...

Blessed Lord, open our ears to hear what Thou speakest and our eyes to see as Thou seest. Give us hearts to beat in sympathy with Thine at the sight of every little child; and above all, our Lord, to understand and experience how surely and how blessedly Thou fulfillest Thy promise, "Whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me."

Children love to hear about Dad's day at work. Eyes light up when we share a funny story from our childhood. Our patience is put to the test when little ones get underfoot during a household project. Quick thinking comes into play when a child asks about something that he overheard. I know I could sure learn from my children about paying attention, or maybe it's that I could *relearn* about paying attention.

Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven - Matt 18:4

July 27, 1998
1998 by Kathy Ridpath
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"And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord;
and great shall be the peace of thy children."

Isaiah 54:13

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