““But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to fall away — it would be better for him if a heavy millstone were hung around his neck and he were drowned in the depths of the sea.”
Matthew 18:6 CSB
God is looking out for the little ones. He is watching those in whose charge they are. Caring for a child is made a grave responsibility here. Children are not insignificant. They are not pests or bothers, or inhibitors to a good time. Children are not a burden. Children are a privilege. Many people can’t have them. Those that do often renege of their responsibility in favor of their own good time.
When my wife and started having children over 20 years ago, we were both excited and afraid. We’re excited because we were going to be parents and enter that rarified space known only to people with children. But we were, and still are, afraid. Raising a child is like building a nuclear bomb. There are a lot of small pieces that go into it. Sometimes you have to be tough, and other times you have to be gentle, and in the end, you still have he potential for disaster, but if you did your job right, you have unleashed upon the world a great power for good. It can be powerful and respected, or it can be desctrucrive, even destroying your world too.
Children are precious. Take care of them.