(allposters.com “Mother pushes her two babies on a swing”)
A new sign on a familiar stretch of road caught my eye as I was driving yesterday. A local daycare had changed it’s name and it’s sign, and the words “Kids Unlimited” all fresh and clean and new caused me to do a double take…I then began to ponder the name itself. Kids Unlimited?
Limits are important for all of us, but especially for children. Do we really want our kids to be “unlimited”? Rules, boundaries, and restrictions are necessary for training young hearts and minds.
“Bedtime is at 8:00”
“You may not eat too much candy”
“No running in the house”
“You musn’t say that, it isn’t polite”
…there are of course certain areas of our parenting that should indeed be free from restrictions…we should love our children as unconditionally and abundantly as we possibly can. Our children should have unrestricted access to our hearts…to our wisdom, our affection, and our prayers.
I did a search for “boundary” on an online Bible site…scores of verses about lands and “ends here” and “to this valley” with names of places and people came up…God is a God of boundaries. A God of order and structure and discipline. Psalm 16:6 says “The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.”
Yet God by nature is boundless and infinite. Because God is good we can trust him to be “unlimited”. Give your children the gift of limits, lovingly set boundaries for them, and each day point them to the One who is limitless, rich in mercy, abounding in lovingkindness, vast, immeasurable…”God Unlimited”.