My grandaughters, Natalie and Ava
I spent some time today with Natalie, (left), and had a good time with her, per usual.I'm always amazed at things they say and do. Lately, some things have been on my mind that are troubling, in regard to children. When I'm fortunate to spend time with them, I want it to be a time they will not forget. That's what has been troubling me. Most of their lives I have been in recovery, attending meetings and events, and the limited time I spend with them is mostly fun and games, trying to make them laugh. Today as I watch most of the youth scrambling to find heros to worship, events to attend, and constant on the go madness the parents endure, I'm thinking something is really wrong here. We have become a go go go society, with a pass to ride all over the world via the internet. Kids can learn and see everything the world has to offer in seconds, just a click or two away. But hurry up, we have soccer practice, and then the haunted house to get to. As they grow, it doesn't get easier. One has a home game, the other has a game on the other side of the county, and the exspenses to make all of this happen takes two incomes. In reality, very few of these events are necessary, but the children want them, and we both agree its good. And I agree, it is good. But back to my troubled thoughts. Where is the teaching and guidance at? By the time we get home the parents crash on the couch, and the kids become fixed on the video games or TV. Those two love watching the kids. TV shows love to teach your children, and are pros at it, they do have an agenda. If you really knew that, you would cut activity to about a fourth of what you're doing now and every day of their life you would be teaching the standards you believe. Who teaches kids about faith, what being cool is all about, what or who to avoid, how to pray, to enjoy reading and love learning. Or who tells them about an honest days work, how to be mannerly, or to talk in mixed company?
Here's a big question. Do your children know anything about you? I don't mean about their image of you, how you can leap tall buildings and carry 1000 lbs. in each hand, but the real, feeling, caring, hot-tempered, or fun-loving you? Furthermore, have YOU taught them to know that there is a transcendent loving Father above, that gave his best for them?
I asked Natalie some questions today about what she wanted to be and this and that. But then I thought, "these things that trouble me about youth won't go away without my trying to teach Intro to God 101 to her, or don't just stand there thinking about societies youth problems, do something!" I'm thankful that my daughter and her husband have given the kids a knowledge of God, and I by no means am tring to say different, but as a grandparent, I have a part. So I gave her some Bible basics about the Old Testament, (the Bible facts I put on my stats page), and then asked her, "which number is bigger, 70 or 70,000,000,000? Of course she said the larger number in a condescending manner, after all, she is 7. "Well, that 70 represents your time on the Earth, the 70bil is a short version of forever. If you give God these few 70, He offers you the 70bil +." I explained. She knew that too, of course. (good job Sara, Chris) If we do not take the time for these things, or lessons. If we do not teach them our tenets and values, by the time they grow into adulthood, the Bill Mahers, Richard Dawkins', the whole gamut of humanist, atheist, and agnostics will have taught them their unproveable doctrines of emptiness in Darwinism. These days are precious, they are short. It's our decision what to allow to enter our childrens minds. There may be a time in the near future where teaching your beliefs to your children may be against the law.
In Deuteronomy 6:7-9, here is what God said to Moses, to tell the people how they should teach thei children, actually vs.6-9, "And these words I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and you shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and shall be as frontlets for your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." (NKJV) Sounds to me that God may have meant what He said, not to punish them,but to protect them. He even told Israel that if they would follow and obey Him diligently, that He would drive sickness and diseases away from them...and much more. Your choice, my choice, who will mind the children? Let's choose the larger number and take our offspring with us. Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all, Keith.