Greeting new babies into the world remains one of the pleasures of life. To think after I leave this life, my posterity continues. Yet, joy can be interrupted by questions as to what will become of them, what they place importance on, what they will think and believe.
With government shutting down, through their leadership of finger-pointing, name calling, and with major gaps in philosophical differences on how this nation should be ran, my concern for their future is grave. What their parents teach them now will determine their values, and dreams.
(my grandson Rowen, beautiful, happy)
"My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don't neglect your mother's instruction. What you learn from them will crown you with grace, and be a chain of honor around your neck."
"My child, never forget the things I have taught you....never let loyalty and kindness leave you...write them deep within your heart...Then you will find favor with God and people, and you will develop a good reputation. Prov. 1: 8-9, Prov. 3: 1a, 3b, 4
My concern is not about the parents ability to provide food, clothing, and shelter. My concern is directed by my own short-comings in how I raised my children. Hindsight is 20/20, I have a clear view how emphatic I was to see the kids raised to be popular, or athletes, maybe even famous, was in error.
It was my entering into recovery from alcoholism, by God's grace and the help of so many in AA, that helped me see the importance of integrity, and thinking about purpose, not having a constant party. I see the necessity to raise children with a foundation base of morals that guide them to good living, as the passages above teach.
We all can hope they find their way. We can trust that the parents will see that they must be responsible enough to see society's slide into immoral thought and actions, and direct their children away from secular thought,"if it feels good, do it." If it feels good, it is probably wrong. We also may hope that parents pay close attention to what their kids learn, and question the education constantly. All areas of a child's rearing needs directed, not taught by osmosis, as previous generations have learned. Daily teaching a child is tedious, but necessity in today's world.
Will They Know the Reality of God?
This disturbs me the most. The majority of my baby-boomer generation, were raised in church. Ensuing generations have gradually become less and less interested in God, and especially in church attendance. Why? Lay the blame where you wish, but the reality is what is believed and taught in their home. I know not to expect a church, or a school to feed my children a proper diet. That is not their job. Parents are to provide food. In the same respect, the parents should provide their spiritual food, and teach them about God. Will they?
I could go on, but I won't. I don't even know if this post matters in the mind's of most readers. As my generation was well "churched," they were also riddled with drug addiction, alcoholism, sexual promiscuity, and the generation that stopped taking their children to church. What a legacy.
Prayer is needed. Pray daily for your children, but pray that you can have enough spiritual stamina, and understanding to teach them integrity ahead of materialism, as well as other virtues that guide them to a good "God-centered" life.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.