its’ a scary thought, but a somber one too. the world stands ready to help us in our feelings of inadequacy as parents.
and, don’t worry – if you’re too busy, or unaware, the world is there once again, standing by, ready to teach our children all kinds of “truth.”
it seems to have much to say these days – really, I guess it’s always been that way. but maybe in this new technology generation, there’s just a multitude of ways to shout it aloud.
spiritual beliefs – if you don’t know much about God or what you believe about spirituality, the world will offer all types of opinions. maybe some truth here and there, but among many lies. ready to be snatched up and received by young people diligently seeking truth, searching for purpose in a meaningless existence. it will tell your child – what does it really matter what you believe anyway? everyone goes to heaven – all roads lead to God, right?
money – if you don’t like to talk about money, the world has much to say about that too. it will teach our kids that having a lot of money is the most important thing to strive towards in life. after all, it is what makes one happy, isn’t it? money makes the go round, get all you can – nice car, beautiful home, designer everything…it will tell your child to go after it, all, get it – at any cost. it will drive them headlong into debt, because of course, why wait for anything – “buy now, you deserve it” is the mantra they cry.
sex – if you feel uncomfortable talking about sex, the world has got you covered. they seem to know a lot about sexuality and marriage – or the lack of the need for marriage when it comes to sex. your child may have to sort thru some varying opinions and differences, but they will get an earful from those who really don’t mind talking about it. they will learn to see people simply as objects, to see that nothing is really wrong with pornography because “who’s it hurting anyway?”, and will not stop at anything to get what they’ve been told they rightfully deserve.
success – if you’re not quite sure what to tell them about being successful in this life, that’s OK, the world knows all about success. just look at Hollywood. they will tell our children simply to model their existence after any one of those “famous” people, and of course you’ll be successful! after all, it’s all about looking just right, who you know, and the drive to get to the top – no matter how you get there. fame, money, success – what else does one need for a great life?
morality – if you don’t want to come across as boring or old-fashioned, the world is most definitely on your side. if it’s legal – it’s OK, right? and even if it’s not, you can maybe push the limits, as long as you do it in your own home. heavy drinking? drugs? party lifestyle? you only live once. who needs moral absolutes in a world of fifty shades of grey?
we must start talking. we must teach our kids the values we hold dear. we must stop being too busy. we must stop letting the world dictate what truth is. our children are our future. pray. speak the truth. dig in your heels. stand strong. point them to God. they need to hear from us. leave a legacy of treasure and truth implanted deep within their souls. they will still have to make their own choices as they grow – but we can be the trusted influence they need to set them on the right course. believing more than ever – that they are destined to make a positive impact in this world.
God is with us – He has great purpose for our children – and He has great purpose for you.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11