Neglect is the most common form of abuse. Good “Christian” parents who would never consider being physically abusive to their children sometimes produce broken little souls who grow up to be misfits in society, all because of neglect. Neglect can be the product of disinterest, preoccupation, substance addiction, pornographic lifestyle, lack of caring, or just an oversight due to a busy life, but the results are always the same. A child is a developing adult, a soul getting his pilot’s license to navigate life solo. When a child’s worldview is forming, at six months to four years of age, he develops a perspective on who he is and how to relate to others. If children are neglected and left to themselves they will become misfits. “[A] child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame” (Proverbs 29:15). Ten-year-olds who are caused to feel unwanted will come to ugly ruin.

Cherished children are addicted to fellowship and offer their fellowship in return. Cherished children will return to the fountain of early delight and drink again and again of the water of life and love. Cherished children are resilient in the face of adversity, knowing that no matter how bad things may be on the outside there is a place of hope and acceptance with family. If you make the family fountain the sweetest water, you will never have to worry about them drinking the devil’s cocktail.