I thought this was a good topic to address because there are so many children and they are the focus of so much spiritual mischief as Satan tries to bring harm to them or to divert them on the wrong paths of life. We have to be so careful with children, gently teaching them. But as we go through the various paths of our life and as we encounter the little ones, we should always be careful not to damage them. God will hold us accountable for how we treat others and will especially be concerned with how well we treated these younger, less experienced ones who are the very least of us. It is a measure of a man's or woman's character to see how they treat those who are less powerful, less fortunate, less experienced, those who cannot bless you back or help you in return. If we take advantage of these humble people, God will certainly not be pleased with us. So we should always exercise patience with such people and especially with our own children. Some like to put on the facade of being loving in public but are not so nice behind doors. God knows all secrets and will hold us accountable if we take advantage of these or even give them less than our best. His judgement will be harshest on those that have offended the weak and powerless. Knowing His abundant, boundless love, we should walk in the steps that are pleasing to Him and treat others just as lovingly, generously, and patiently as our Father has treated us. The words that we use when encountering these sweet children are so much stronger because we are in power over them. So if we use harsh words, the sting will drive much deeper and last longer simply because they will always remember the days when everything was big and exciting and new. During those early years as young minds are just beginning to learn about life, they are so impressionable. We can mark those years with beautiful memories or we can mark them with the sting of our own selfishness, making the memories cruel, sharp, and deep. So we should always be careful with how we treat children and use words that build up their courage and their enjoyment of life. We should make sure that we use words that will help them establish their place in life and help them to become warriors, poets, engineers, whatever their minds can dream about, all possibilities when we discover and work into the plans that our loving Heavenly Father has for us and them. Please don't fret over how you will live up to these responsibilities and how you will become the person that accomplishes such deeds. You have all power to become what you want to be just as these sweet children have limitless possibilities in what they will become in the Father's will. He gives us the strength that we don't have within ourselves and cannot generate from our own hearts. He gives us real power to be what we are supposed to be and to be what we dream in our hearts to be if we only submit to Him, first by entering the covenant with God which was made possible by Jesus' blood, then through the indwelling power of His Holy Spirit within us once we become His children. Submission is ever so important because we must yield up our own plans and desires to Him first and seek His heart and mind for our lives. But once we do this, He gives us so much freedom and treasure in our lives, emotional, spiritual, and even material. He wants to shower us with His blessings if we only give up control of our lives to Him and seek His will for us. Then, he will be as gentle to us as we should be to these sweet children that we encounter in our world.