I heard a radio interview yesterday morning with a well-known parenting guru, and during the course of the conversation this reminder was stated:
"We're not raising children. We're raising adults."
Appropriately so, the first page of results when searching for a pic to go along with this post and you get what see "screen: left"
It's a little scary when you see just how quickly your kids are growing up and time does not seem to be in your favor. Then you begin to realize what they are picking up on and you realize that potentially, you are not working in your own favor. Perhaps there is a "my own worst enemy" support group nearby.
Society is changing way to quickly. Anything that moves faster than peoples' comfort level (or at least faster than what they anticipate) creates an environment of instability and what moves fast while unstable is bound to end in disaster. Pretty sure it's called "out of control". Whatever you thought you could handle, manage, maintain and control has moved well beyond your abilities and thus beyond your intentions and that's when the unknown is your new worst enemy. There's a phrase for that too, "unforeseen risk". As I stated the other day, there is freedom in boundaries.
However, when kids watch parents live out negative attitudes and behaviors without restraint, in a few years, you'll end with more adults that are out of control.
We already have too many. In the public square. In the prison yard. In the political machine.
Crossing boundaries has consequences, despite a society that says otherwise, whether it be a national issue, social issue or moral issue. To live in reverence of God, cast off restraint only in our love for Him and live a life where self is second...how does a culture lose, that loves God, looks out for their neighbor and individuals seek God to direct their lives over their own self-interest...what problem wouldn't naturally sort itself out? Instead, we have grown kids running the world; because we forgot how to raise adults.
Pray, this #youthPastorWednesday, for the miraculous to occur in the lives of kids and teens, in this day and age. May adults return to God and begin again to seek His face allowing God to fulfill His plan for their lives and what He desires to accomplish in the world through their families. Pray, as time is running out, this generation of young people will seek a greater sense of being and purpose and calling and in their pursuit of spiritual meaning, find a loving, forgiving and generous Heavenly Father who sent His only Son to die, that they might live. May only our love for God be unrestrained. Pray kids see it come alive in this current generation of parents. May they see it lived out in the current generation of Pastors. May they experience the body of Christ in healthy, functional churches...
Pursuing God. Loving People. Living In Freedom. Forgiven Of Sin.
For the cause of Christ. For the glory of God. For the redemption of the World.
Just a man, attempting to fulfill God's plan. Husband, Dad, Dreamer. Blogger.