UNIVERSAL CHILDRENS DAY
Proverbs, Chapter 3, Verse 7-8
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes, FEAR the LORD and turn away from evil; 8 this will mean health for your flesh and vigor for your bones.
This chapter focuses on guidance for the young.
1. Don’t forget the law: Love the Lord your God and your neighbor as yourself.
2. Be merciful as is God.
3. Seek the ultimate truth.
4. Seek humility.
5. Tithe and honor God with your possessions.
6. Take correction (testing) with a spirit of love and obedience.
7. Wisdom is greater than possessions-be happy.
8. Be discrete and graceful-don’t gossip.
9. Hold no grudges and you will sleep soundly.
10. Do not fear the wicked when they come remember the Lord is your confidence.
11. Do not delay on giving assistance to those whom it is due when it is within the power of your hand to do so.
12. Do not scheme against your neighbor.
13. Do not strive against someone without just cause.
14. Do not be an oppressor, bully, and teaser.
15. Do not be perverse, willful and stubborn.
16. Be upright, decent and honest.
Wisdom promises a reward: long life, a good name, divine protection, health, abundant crops. Yet, being a disciple of the Lord does not guarantee unalloyed bliss: one must allow God freedom to “reprove” or educate. The process of education is like when a father first invites his son (or disciple) to memorize his teaching (v. 1), then to enter upon a relationship of trust with him (v. 3), and finally to place his trust in God, who takes up the parental task of education (v. 5). Education begun by the parent is brought to full completion by God. One might be tempted to judge the quality of one’s relationship to God by one’s prosperity. It is an inadequate criterion, for God as a teacher might go counter to student expectations. The discipline of God can involve suffering. Serving God requires serving one’s neighbor through kindness (vv. 27–28), maintaining peace with the good (vv. 29–31), having no envy of the wicked (v. 31), because the Lord’s friendship and kindness are with the just, not with the wicked.
Universal Children's Day
Universal Children's Day aims to create a day of international fraternity and understanding between children all over the globe. The holiday's secondary purpose is to promote the objectives and ideals of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child through activities and awareness. Children are the future of the planet, but they are a vulnerable group exposed to abuse and exploitation on a daily basis. As young dependents, children rely on adults for everything from food to shelter to education and it is imperative that their rights be heard if they are to survive and develop into the next generation of world citizens. Universal Children's Day was declared on in 1954 by the United Nations General Assembly as a day to be celebrated on November 20, the anniversaries of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, both of which protect the human rights of children.
Universal Children's Day Facts & Quotes
· The UN General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in November 1989. The United States drafted and signed the treaty; however, it is currently the only member county that has not ratified it, meaning that the US is not legally bound by the Convention. Ratifying the treaty would go against certain laws currently in place in the US, most notably, the treaty forbids life imprisonment without parole for children under 18.
· According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die every day as a result of poverty, often due to preventable diseases such as diarrhea and pneumonia.
· As of 2013, 21.8 million children worldwide in their first year of life had not received adequate vaccine doses against diseases such as tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.
· The poor are hungry and their hunger traps them in poverty. - The World Food Program
· What is at stake is nothing less than the survival and well-being of a generation of innocents. - Antonia Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Universal Children's Day Top Events and Things to Do
· Read the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child to learn more about how these treaties can impact your community.
· Spend the day playing with your children, your nieces and nephews, your grandchildren or other children that you know. Take them to the beach, a playground, a movie, or any other outing of their choosing.
· Donate your time to American organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of America or UNICEF that constantly need volunteers to organize and execute activities for children in needy communities.
· Watch a movie that touches on children's rights. Our picks are In This World (2012), Arna's Children (2002) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
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