As you know, it is our practice to worship together with our little ones. And so I want to say a few words to you parents who are busy training your children to worship with us. First, I want you to know that training your children is one of the hardest jobs in the whole world, and training children to not only participate appropriately but to also love worship is an enormous undertaking. It’s no wonder that our world hates children, and even many Christians would rather send their kids out of the service for many years before inviting them in. And so I want to commend you for your labors. Jesus said, let the little children come to me and do not forbid them for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven (Mt. 19:14). As you teach your children to sit still, to use quiet voices, to kneel, to sing loudly, to lift holy hands, to listen, to take notes, to pass the peace and bread and wine – as you do this in faith, you are obeying Jesus. You are bringing your children to Jesus. Don’t forget that is what you’re doing every week. Even when you’re changing a diaper in the nursery, or walking a noisy toddler in the hallway, or disciplining in the conference room – it’s all aimed at this purpose, letting the little children come, seeking the blessing of Jesus for them. But second, let me encourage you to give yourself still more to this task. Since we’re talking about the most important thing we do, since we’re talking about training our children to worship and love God, let’s not settle for good enough. This is hard work, and it’s probably one of the hardest things in the world. But this means it’s one of the best things. It’s worth it. Dads, you especially need to take the lead. You are responsible for the state of your family. It’s your job to teach your children to participate. It’s your job to shepherd your little people. But don’t train them or correct them out of embarrassment or shame – because you’re afraid of what people are thinking about you or embarrassed that your kids need training. That will only make it worse. If you haven’t been diligent, confess it to God, confess it to your family, and then start today. And then love your children: love them like the little disciples that they are, and love them toward the Jesus they are learning to serve.