Giv­ing di­rec­tion to the youth

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Eph­e­sians 6 vs 4

“And you, fa­thers, do not pro­voke your chil­dren to wrath, but bring them up in the train­ing and ad­mo­ni­tion of the Lord.”

I think we have all been parry to ob­serv­ing and com­ment­ing on the be­hav­ior of the young peo­ple around us. I have been par­tic­u­larly crit­i­cal of cer­tain habits and have of­ten won­dered how good mean­ing and lov­ing par­ents can al­low their chil­dren to be­come delin­quent.

The eas­i­est thing to do is to be an arm­chair critic; it’s of­ten eas­ier to pre­scribe so­lu­tions when you are not di­rectly ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some­thing. We are all very good at that, we ra­tio­nalise very eas­ily, yet when con­fronted with sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances we tend to fare badly at the ex­er­cise.

One of the most im­por­tant re­spon­si­bil­i­ties we all have is to be re­spon­si­ble par­ents. Par­ent­ing is not only about be­ing the bi­o­log­i­cal source of an in­di­vid­ual, it in­volves be­ing an aunt, an un­cle, a friend, a men­tor and an ad­vi­sor.

So many young peo­ple are cry­ing out for di­rec­tion in a world that has to­tally con­fused them. It has given them the prospect of so many op­tions, the ma­jor­ity of which are pre­scribed by the world and they do not of­fer any hope of per­sonal peace.

It is very easy to turn a blind eye to those we see that need a lit­tle help in be­ing di­rected on the right path. Our pre­oc­cu­pa­tion is lim­ited to our own and we can­not see be­yond that. Yet we all have peo­ple in our jour­neys who have taken time to ei­ther lis­ten to us or help us along the way, in the same man­ner we are re­quired to do the same.

King David failed dis­mally at par­ent­ing, his pri­or­i­ties were wrong and he pro­duced delin­quent chil­dren, some who be­came very fa­mous for all the wrong rea­sons like Ab­sa­lom, who chased his fa­ther from his throne in an at­tempt to stage a coup or his younger brother who raped his sis­ter, in a fit of lust.

Had David taken the time to be the par­ent he should have been, his life and the story of his chil­dren would have been dif­fer­ent. Many find them­selves like David’s chil­dren, in a place where their par­ents have ab­sconded of their re­spon­si­bil­ity and have left their kids to find their own way.

Je­sus al­ways said “let the lit­tle chil­dren come to me”, in the same way let us al­low those with out or those seek­ing di­rec­tion to come to us. Let us be­gin the process of ex­tend­ing love and wis­dom be­yond our own blood­line.

For ev­ery child we res­cue and show the light we will in some small way have changed the course of a gen­er­a­tion. The Bi­ble says “Train up a child in the ways of the Fa­ther and when they have grown they will not de­part from it.”

What­ever valu­able les­son we teach and im­part, one day it will have a pro­found im­pact on the life of that in­di­vid­ual. Many a life has been changed by guid­ance and the ef­fects of that change have been sig­nif­i­cant.

It starts with show­ing love, just like God has shown us love. Like­wise let’s take the time to show oth­ers the same and change the fu­ture of their lives.

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