Most children will happily eat a diet of junk food every day if that's what's on offer. Burgers, pizzas, sausages, chips, sweets, chocolate, cake and crisps . . . It takes a lot more effort to prepare good food, and it can be more expensive. But it is worth it, because we want the children in our care to grow up with healthy eating habits and healthy bodies. One Saturday morning a few years ago my son and I prepared a full English breakfast as a treat, prior to going for a walk at Bedgebury Pinetum, a local beauty spot. Well, by the time we got there we felt so sluggish we could hardly walk! Talk about a lesson in healthy eating.
In just the same way, we need to make sure that our children have excellent, healthy input into their minds and spirits. This also takes effort, whether we are Sunday School teachers, grandparents, parents or youth workers. We have to plan, to prepare, and to make the time to read the Bible to our children at a level they can understand. This isn't easy, and there's a battle going on, but we need to fight to give them wholesome books and films that will feed their minds with good role models and exciting plots that show that the Lord is good, that it's great to be a Christian, that God knows best. The world's diet may be violent games, worldly magazines and books and films that promote harmful ways of thinking . . . Sometimes we have to struggle with all our might to give our children good things, because there is so much “junk food” out there.
Challenged? Know a family who could do with a really healthy “meal” for their children but can't afford it? Why not buy a book or two . . . you may never know what an amazing difference your “food basket” could make.