Just like many parents wish for their children to grow healthy and strong, I pray for my little ones to be in the best of health, filled with joy and to live fruitful lives. Because Children’s Day fell on a Sunday this year, the sermon delivered at my church highlighted the role of parents in raising children according to biblical teachings. The sermon considerably changed the way I pray for my children and taught me how I should behave in front of my kids. The message, in a nutshell, is that parents should guide children to win favor with people and put others first.

The first guidance is to encourage a child to become a person who is liked by others. The Gospel of Luke says, “And Jesus grew in wisdom, and stature, and in favor with God and man” (2:52).

The verse underscores the need to raise children who can both please God and be liked by other people. A lightbulb went off in my head when I learned this lesson. One of the core duties of a parent today is to help children become someone whom people around them can love.

Building a good relationship with others is the essence of humanity. Yet, I have not taught my children about the great worth of being a warm-hearted person and have never placed value on winning support from people. We often prioritize other things for kids, such as academic achievement. Developing a character to offer joy may be the overriding principle that I should pursue for my kids now. This is especially important for children who are living in a world where media and technology ceaselessly pervade their lives and are likely to be left with a feeling of loneliness as they grow. After mulling over this verse, I am now repeatedly telling my children that being a person who can get compliments and can be admired by peers is the essential virtue that they should chase.

How can they win favor with their peers? Putting others first can be one way. Many of us want to mingle with someone who is pleasing and supportive of us. In this regard, instructing children to put others first sounds like a practical measure. The Bible witnesses that young Jesus was always surrounded by people who were fond of him. Before expecting others to like me, liking others should come first. Most importantly, I should serve as a good model for children if I wish them to have affection towards others.

The worst parents would be the ones who harshly criticize or blame others in front of their children. Before waiting for others to like me, I am now striving to please others first by speaking more agreeably and respectively. Amazingly, I have experienced a series of moments of being filled with contentment and witnessed displays of affection from others these days.

I wish my little ones to be liked by others very much and make a step forward to become a lovable friend to many.

The writer (faith0906@gmail.com) is keen to explore the world outside the office and loves to weave a story of our daily lives.

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Just like many parents wish for their children to grow healthy and strong, I pray for my little ones to be in the best of health, filled with joy and to live fruitful lives. Because Children’s Day fell on a Sunday this year, the sermon delivered at my church highlighted the role of parents in raising children according to biblical teachings. The sermon considerably changed the way I pray for my children and taught me how I should behave in front of my kids. The message, in a nutshell, is that parents should guide children to win favor with people and put others first.

The first guidance is to encourage a child to become a person who is liked by others. The Gospel of Luke says, “And Jesus grew in wisdom, and stature, and in favor........

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