If you’re a parent, find a place where you can observe your nearest child without being noticed. Spend a few minutes just watching. Whether playing outside, face streaked with dirt and sweat, or inside watching TV, eyes riveted to the rapidly changing images, doing the dishes or listening to music, playing with a ratty toy on the floor or doing homework. It doesn’t matter. Just look.
And, as you look, think to yourself,
“This is my child, made in the image of God, called for a purpose.”
When you’re done, think it again. And again. Let it really sink in. Because, as a parent, nothing is easier to forget.