Children are a blessing from God. “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.” -Psalm 127:3-5 ESV
If children are such a blessing from the Lord, why do we judge others who have a lot of children? Why do we, as a society, tend to look down on families who have children close together? These questions have recently been weighing on my heart and I felt that I needed to address them.
I just found out that one of my friends is pregnant with her second child. Her first child is around 8 months old and she is now around 10 weeks pregnant. When I learned of this news my heart was happy and I felt much joy for their expanding family. Unfortunately, not everyone sees children as a blessing, especially when they are so close together.
People may think, why would they do something like that? Why would they want to have another baby so soon? Shouldn’t they try and space out their children a little more? In my opinion, no. As the above scripture states, “children are a blessing from the Lord.” We should celebrate the life of every child.
There are so many families in the world who want desperately to have a child of their own, yet we place judgement on those who choose to have many children. Why is this? Why is our society so concerned with what other families do or do not do? If the Lord decides to bless you with children, you should be happy and thankful.
It saddens me that so many people see children as a burden or a financial responsibility that isn’t worth the investment. There is no reason that people should feel ashamed for wanting to have a lot of children. I understand that there is a natural limit to the number of children a family should have, but this should be decided by God, not by society. Do I think that families should try to have a cheaper by the dozen kind of family, no, but I do believe that they should trust God in his provision on the amount of children that they will have the privilege to raise. If God’s plan for your family is to have 7 children each within a year of each other, than so be it. Will it be hard?, yes, will it be demanding?, most definitely, but will it be rewarding?, without a doubt.
We need to start looking at children in the way that God intended them to be viewed. I once read a quote that went something like this, “children are a sign from the Lord that the world is meant to continue.” I want people to stop judging others, and instead, celebrate life.