Roots of sin, allowed to flourish, will take over the life of a child.
As I look at each of my children, I often see their lives as a garden. They each are beautiful in their own unique and special ways, God's workmanship. But, I also see the weeds of sin that can so easily take root. The Word says that we are all born into sin. The roots are their from birth, however, most Christ following parents, see these roots early on and begin uprooting. Children in orphanages/institutions do not have this same care. Roots of sin are allowed to grow and flourish and eventually take over their lives. Anyone who has ever worked in the garden knows that young/small weeds are easy to pull up, especially with a little watering or after a rain. I liken this to our children that we have had from birth. They are being prayed for and washed in the Word so that the 'weeds' can be easily uprooted. On the other hand, our children that come to us by way of adoption have been allowed to live in sin, their roots run deep. It is our ministry as parents to begin the process of uprooting. Again, as a gardener, we know that weeds that have been able to grow and take root are much harder to pull up. We have to water them, let them soak, dig and labor to pull them out. There are some weeds that seems so deep and so hard to uproot that we just pull off the top portion, leaving the roots to flourish until it becomes a full grown weed again. The Bible speaks of what happens to a child left to his own, "he comes to ruin." So it is with a garden without a gardener, the weeds take over and the garden becomes 'ruined.' We are God's tool to remove the weeds of sin in the lives of our children. Yes, some seem impossible to uproot. I have noticed that my children that spent a longer time at an orphanage have stronger roots of sin--but it is because those weeds were not dealt with when they were small. These weeds just need more watering, more soaking and more labor. We have been given all things for life and godliness in Christ Jesus (2 Peter 1:3). He has equipped us with every tool needed to tend to our "gardens" (2 Timothy 3:17). I am firmly against labels that are placed on institutionalized children. Yes, I do believe that they are affected by the lack of love and nurturing, however, often times their behavior is a direct result of an untended "garden." Roots of sin have been allowed to flourish. We need to get our hands dirty and start digging! And in the place of the uprooted weeds let us plant seeds of righteousness.