Families need to get back to basics
Drugs and bullying. What a lethal combination. The majority of people now are finally asking why? What’s going on? What can we do to alter circumstances in our children’s lives?
I’ve been watching 100 Huntley Street every day for the past couple of weeks. It’s powerful stuff. There’s a book out called “Why they die; teen suicide,” a must for us all to read. It offers reasons and answers to suicide amongst our children. This is the second leading cause of death for our teens in Canada today and the third leading cause in the United States.
Most of the time it starts with bullying. I lived in the United States during President John F. Kennedy’s reign, when prayer was taken out of school and I watched a steady decline in society, beginning at home, school and then church, which are emptying at an alarming rate
Then it reared its ugly head in Canada. Taking from our children, many times, solid ground, strength, courage and purpose for living. They have nothing solid to hold onto. No pace to go when times get tough.
What can we do? Get back to the basics. We were always taught to be a God fearing nation; not any more. Ask any teen today to recite the Lord’s prayer, the 10 Command- ments, even our national anthem and you’ll get a blank stare.
How many children in this province know that on our provincial coat of arms there’s a Bible verse, Matthew 6:33: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God.”
The Knights of Columbus say “Keep Christ in Christmas,” and all Roman Catholic homes years ago knew and believed the family that prays together stays together. How often do we hear that in society today? Almost never! There’s another culprit: technology.
For heaven’s sake, parents, monitor your childrens’ time and energy spent on these devices that they’ve been led to believe they cannot live without. It’s not being nosy or snooping. It’s being cautious and protective, which is our parental duty and right.
I also lived in the United States (I believe it was 1969) when it was designated the year of the child. That same day in church our minister said, “Get ready for the disintegration of the family the minute you give a child the upper hand.”
Have we seen this happen? Yes we have. And it has also crept into the classroom. No discipline leads to waywardness.
I’ve explained to my children and grandchildren over the years we all have to have discipline. Why do you think there’s yellow lines, broken and solid down the centre of our roads? Think what driving would be like if these lines weren’t there. This was just my simplistic way of explaining a type of discipline we have as drivers and adults every day.
Without borders and directions in our lives, life falls apart.
We have all read the notes of victims of suicide, saying they have no purpose or reason to continue living. Let’s give them back a reason and a purpose by getting back to basics: love of God and family.
Remember the story about the man who built his house on sand, and the other who built his house on rock. Which came through the storm?
Let’s turn our society around and please God it isn’t too late.
I’m not going to dictate to anyone about how to build a strong foundation, but mine is built upon my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Our future as a nation hangs in the balance because our young people are our future. God help them all, and us adults as we lovingly give them the right directions. Joy French-Coleman writes from