Remember the Waltons? I first encountered this show while stuck in a laundromat waiting for my clothes to dry. I remember how engrossed I was with this large, interesting family and its well-defined characters. I became an instant fan.
By today’s standards, they would have been considered poor, but the dining table was always heaping with delicious home-made goodies: biscuits, fried chicken, huge bowls of mashed potatoes, and freshly baked pies. Yum!
The seven kids were an eclectic bunch, as is usually the case in large families. It was fun to watch them grow up and develop unique personalities and interests.
Yeah, it was just a TV show, but there was a lot of truth in it.
The happiest families I know today are those with lots of kids. Some of my friends have five or more children. Their homes teem with life and joy and energy. These are the houses where everyone else wants to hang out. It seems there is always room for more. A close friend loves to cook, and when she has extra mouths for dinner, she just tosses a few more drumsticks into the steaming pot of homemade chicken soup, and whips up another batch of garlic bread.
But these families are the rare ones. Most people don’t value children anymore — at least lots of children. We are into the quality over quantity mentality these days. One or two offspring are usually given the best that money can buy in the way of material things. They are also enrolled in a slew of activities that make one’s head spin. Afterschool and weekends are scheduled away with sports, lessons in dance or music, various clubs and community activities. Parents often live vicariously through their children, and hence the drive for their kids to succeed, (And crazed parents on little league sports arenas, baseball diamonds, etc.)
But the bottom line that everyone seems to miss these days is that children are FOREVER. Yes, forever, in the eternal sense. Immortal souls! How amazing that God allows mere humans to cooperate with Him in the creation of a person who will live forever; a child who has the capacity to one day see God’s Face and share in His Divine Life. This is AWESOME!
The worth of a child from God’s point of view is inestimable. But people say “two are enough.” We want to take nice vacations. We like new cars. We want a bigger house. We can’t handle more than two. Some couples deliberately choose to have no children at all. These folks are usually heavily invested in careers and traveling and pursuing expensive hobbies.
How foolish we are! When we are old, who will be around to brighten our days? Who will have our grandchildren? Who will help to care for us? Who will bury us? Most important, who will follow us to heaven?
What is the greatest gift we can give to God? Aside from our hearts (love) and our wills (obedience), how about MORE PEOPLE? We can cooperate with Him in filling up heaven with souls who will love Him forever!
He entrusted this privilege to us: Be fruitful and multiply. He could create new people without us, but He chooses not to do it that way.
Imagine how many millions of people will never exist because we said “No!” to God.
How profound that is: I was given life, but I refuse to give life to you.
“Behold, sons are a gift from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward,
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the sons of one’s youth.
Happy the man whose quiver is filled with them; ………. ” Psalm 127: 3-5