Giving direction to the youth
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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