Oh be careful little hands….

If you have been around church much you have probably heard this children’s song:

(VS 1) Oh, be careful little ears, what you hear (repeat)
For the Father Up above,
Is looking down in love,
So be careful little ears
what you hear.

guard your eyes, ears, mouth(VS 2) Oh, be careful little eyes, what you see, (repeat)
For the Father up above,
is looking down in love,
So be careful little eyes
What you hear.

(VS 3) Oh, be careful little mouth, what you say, (repeat),
For the Father up above,
Is looking down in love,
So be careful little
mouth what you say.

There is a lesson in these words that stands alone — but I wanted to share something that got me thinking about the song and the broader ramifications.

I work at Lowe’s.  As I was entering the store bringing in some stray shopping carts a women with three kids (about 10, 7 and 3 I would guess) was leaving the store.  As they passed by me the oldest child looked at me with an angry expression and declared:

You Suck!  We’re going to Home Depot!


Comments like these are not uncommon.  Some not quite so rude — others definitely “R” rated.  What struck me was the fact that this young boy reacted this way with no prompting.

He learned to speak this way to adults from someone.   He learned how to react to whatever disappointing customer experience his mother had from someone.  Be careful little ears what you hear……

But often the little ears have no control over what they hear.  They sit in the booth at Applebee’s or some other eatery on Sunday afternoon after church and hear….

That preacher is an idiot….

I wish the church would not talk about money so often…

I don’t care what the preacher thinks — I don’t think (fill in the blank) is wrong.  After all it is the 21st century…..

What we say affects our kids.  How we talk about our preacher, our fellow worshipers, the guests who enter the building — all have an impact on how the kids view church.

I don’t understand why so many of our teenagers stop coming to church…..

I can’t get my kids to come to church and bring my grandkids….

Oh be careful little mouth what you say…..children are listening also.  What we learn about faith as children often determines what we believe (or disbelieve) as adults.

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