Seeing a whole child

It helps to continually behold the perfect child right where the disobedient, failing, or disturbed one seems to be. The perfect child cannot be seen at a superficial glance any more than the flower can be viewed in the bulb. We must look deeper than skin for beauty, deeper than behavior for goodness, deeper than test scores for intelligence. Call it potential, or basic goodness, or divine spark–every good and necessary quality of wholeness is given to the child and does not need to be imposed on him by us, only beheld. What we can see, he can be…

View your child as a promise, rather than a problem or a project. Enjoy him. When he is around, smile often. When he speaks, listen, when he proposes, consider…See him not as a success or a failure, well- or ill-behaved, but as a fully equipped participant in the process of living and learning.
Whole Child/Whole Parent, Polly Berrien Berends, pg 133.

And isn’t that what God does for us? The Bible teaches that we are dearly beloved children. “This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.” Mt 3:17. “And since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.” Gal 4:7 “And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.” Mk 10:15

When God’s son died for us, all the goodness and righteousness that were in him, God now sees in us.

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