Don't Hinder the Children

Lou Lotz

READ : Mark 10:13-16

One of my fondest memories is about a winter day years ago. I was walking through the snow in my backyard, going out to pour seed in the bird-feeder when I heard a little voice say, “Daddy! Wait for me!” I didn’t know I had company. It was my young son. As he came to me through the snow, I noticed he was taking large, long steps, trying his hardest to walk in my footprints.

Unconsciously we leave our footprints wherever we go, not realizing that someone is following. Someone is going where we lead them. Ask yourself: are my footprints leading others toward Jesus?

“Let the children come to me, do not hinder them,” said Jesus. If your lifestyle suggests that Christ is not important to you, is that not a hindrance? If the Bible in your home is no more than an ornament, is that not a hindrance? If you gossip, swear, or say unkind, cutting things about your neighbors, is that not a hindrance? If you take a “Do as I say, not as I do” approach to the Christian life, is that not a hindrance?

“Do not hinder them,” said Jesus. If people follow your footprints, will they arrive at the feet of Christ?


Forbid it, Lord, that I should do or say anything that hinders anyone from coming to you. Amen.