It is becoming hard to become expert on anything in our world today. We are pulled from one interest to another, mainly due to mass media via the internet. Attractions are everywhere, there is an advertisement on nearly every page of the newspapers. Think about it, we have a zoo, football, baseball, hockey-these are the pros, then we have college sports that draw national attention at Cinci, Miami U, Dayton, N.Ky. Kings Island, Ceasar's creek, and several other lakes within 30 miles. Museums, hiking trails, Ymca's and a dozen other places to get physically fit. Libraries, bookstores, restaurants on every corner so we can blow the progress we made at the gym. There are proms, homecomings, churches have activities weekly to try and keep the youth involved....no end to entertainment. How do we zone in on anything and become expert with all of this activity?
These thoughts came to my mind a few days ago when my step-son John said to me, "I wish I was born back in the old days. I would have loved to been born back in the 70's." The 70's, are you kidding? There is so much to do nowadays....wait a second, I see what he means. That's the problem, there is too much to do, resulting in confusion as to what one should do. You have heard the saying, "an idle mind is the devil's workshop." There is an encyclopedia of truth in that statement.
It's okay for us to enjoy pleasure. It's okay to make sure our children know pleasure, more importantly, to see that life isn't all pleasure. Giving our free minutes to ensuring fun for the children, leaves us worn out and we lose our desire to take the time for instructing them in purpose and meaning. That is what they really want. I believe if you don't instruct them in life, the wrong influence will instruct them in their ways of thinking. Pleasure is okay, but learning how to live is of extreme importance. Proverbs can teach you to teach them. There is wisdom for living, knowledge and understanding of God and his way. Here's a few examples.
In Proverbs 10, here are some ideas for teaching : vs. 4 be diligent, vs. 9 have integrity, vs.14 gather knowledge, vs. 17 take instruction, vs. 19 talk little..listen much, and these are in chapter 10 alone. There are 31 chapters of godly wisdom to discover and to instruct your children, and you as well. Wouldn't you love to see your young ones have an understanding to know immediately to say no when confronted with opportunities that are wrong for them? Or, just to be able to make decisions about buying and selling, choosing the right friends, or even the mate for life? I'm sure you would. These abilities come as we look for God's wisdom as though it were real treasure. Blessings follow those searching to follow God's way of living. "The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow to it." Prov.10:22 (NKJV) Riches in wisdom, understanding, and knowledge, are far above material wealth, though having wisdom can lead to success in finances too. Become an expert teaching and instructing your children the importance of these things. You will never be sorry.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all, Keith.