Even if a child says all of the right things, he may not be ready to accept Christ. Even if he is very anxious (or impatient) to become a Christian, this does not guarantee that he is ready. On the other hand, he may find it difficult to express himself but have real conviction in his heart. A child who has never experienced salvation does not know what to expect and should not be abandoned while making this decision. He needs you to help him. Though you cannot make his decision for him, he does need your guidance with this... A shepherd does not ignore his little lambs so he can give greater care to the older sheep. He does not send the lambs out alone to face the wild animals and harmful elements. His gives his lambs extra special care, never letting them out of his sight... We must take the same approach with our little lambs. We should not let them journey alone in their decision to follow Christ. The decision is too important, and so are they. We cannot let them out of our sight. Even adults get confused about what it means to become a Christian. And children are not strong or wise. They cannot make this decision alone. They need our love and leadership.
(The Faith of a Child: A Step-by-Step Guide to Salvation for your Child, copyright © 2000, page 15)(Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.)