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“Kids” or Children?

February 28, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

My recently deceased grandmother once told me, “I don’t call children ‘kids’ because a ‘kid’ is a goat and children are not wild animals.”

Wow, how our words change over the years!

At first, I didn’t get it. But what she was saying to me was, “Mark, I value children as human beings made in the image of God and do not think of them as wild animals.” Value.

Do you value your children? Do you treat them with dignity? If so, why not delete the word “kid” from your vocabulary. Try replacing it just for one week with the word “child” and see how well you do. It’s hard to do.

I’ve been doing it for years but I still slip occasionally and say “kid” every once in awhile, but it’s rare praise God!

Jesus valued children according to Matthew 19:13-15: “Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, 14 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” 15 And he laid his hands on them and went away.” (The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Mt 19:13-15). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.)

-Mark (finding high value in the little children and wanting to have their type of faith)

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