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It is every parent’s dream—a child that follows his leadership. No good parent wakes up in the morning thinking, “How can I lead my child to destruction?” Parents want to train their kids to be successful and wise, making good choices with their lives. Proper diet, proper dress, appropriate respect for adults and authority are all things parents try to pound into their kids so they will function in a meaningful way when they become adults.
Sadly, the counter influences in their lives push kids away from traditional values, norms and attitudes about adults and authority. The result is an increasing mistrust and mistreatment of all types of authority including their own parents. History teaches us (at least those of us that study history) that each generation starts its deviance where the last generation left off.
That is why, as parents, it is incumbent on us to lead our kids toward Jesus. Reverence for God helps build a reverence for authority, a selfless heart and a spirit of wisdom and humility that will bring us and our kids head and shoulders above the world standard. From that vantage point they can see clearly and shape the generations to come; and maybe even save our civilization. It would be a bold effort, but it would end very well.
God Bless You
My son, pay attention to what I say;
turn your ear to my words.
21 Do not let them out of your sight,
keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them
and health to one’s whole body.
23 Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.
24 Keep your mouth free of perversity;
keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead;
fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet
and be steadfast in all your ways.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left;
keep your foot from evil.