It is hard to imagine that little toddler grown up. I know infants are sweet and cuddly. But when they begin to grow, and become curious about the world around them, I enjoy them most.
It is impossible to see that little toddler in the future, and what they may become. It is even harder to see the aging alcoholic, the broken drug addict, or the tattoo-ed up inmate as a little toddler, though once they were. They somehow fell into the ways of total darkness, self-serving, and reaching out for something they don't know. The little toddler is so playful today, in a few years....
"Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; he who guards his soul will be far from them." Prov.22:5
The talk today is about substance abuse prevention. How do we turn the tide of this epidemic in our society? More education? Stiffer penalties?I do not think the threat of longer jail terms, or stronger fines do anything to prevent substance abuse.
The young fearlessly think they will never get caught, they are unique, much smarter than others that got "busted." They ignore the fear for the acceptance of their peers, be one of the gang.
Their heroes in the movies, or athletes, and pop music are influencing their addictions for the love of money. The heroes have children too. If you follow the lives of the famous, you know their children often become the sacrificial lamb, the price of maintaining star-status.
Ask many ministers of note. The body count from living as a dysfunctional family, never thinking to drop everything and give their fame up to save their family from being consumed, mounts, and in the name of Christ.
"People ruin their live by their own foolishness and then are angry at the Lord." Prov.19:3 (That's right, they blame God for letting bad happen to them.)
At this point, it isn't about who is to blame. It really is, and always has been about prevention. We just have not learned HOW to stop this flow of living death from our homes. Most think, as the young do, "we are unique as a family, our children would never do"... Later on, when trouble visits the home, scramble to fix the un-fixable, blaming God and government...never themselves.
It takes parents who throw out the prideful thought that will never happen to them, and prayerfully digging and searching out how to prevent substance abuse. It takes their repetitive dialog with their children, not doing all of the talking, letting the child speak their heart without fear of punishment.
By doing so, and perhaps turning off the TV, and PC, and the world for a few moments, a child, many little toddlers, will learn and live a long, full life.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all. (Jesus is the real answer to this epidemic. If you do not have a relationship with Him, ask Him into your heart today...He will make the rest of the arrangements from there on.)