This last couple of days I experienced an interesting juxtapositioning of events. On Sunday, our church had a baby dedication and yesterday evening as Akela for the Cub Scouts, we had the “investiture” of the new Cubs, a significant ceremony for the youth joining the Scouting program and getting their necessary badges, crests and neckerchiefs.
I felt the Lord put those two events one after another to teach me that you don’t actually need to be a parent to be like one, or to simply be a positive role model in a child’s life. You don’t even need to go through the hassle of adopting kids!
In today’s society of broken families, fatherless homes and busy schedules, many families are lacking good examples of leadership. As a Scouter, I have sought to lead well. These precious little ones—children of all ages—are the leaders of tomorrow. They deserve to be poured into in an uplifting way by both their parents, and the other adults around them.
I conclude this post with the words of Jesus, “If anyone causes one of these little ones to stumble—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea” (Matt. 18:6). You can also find nearly the identical words as described in two other Gospels: Mark and Luke. I think the message Jesus is trying to get across is that helping raise children—parents or community members—is a big deal and should be treated as such.