29 Jun Heart to Heart with God: A Journey Towards Acceptance Day 26
365 Days of Reflection Towards God’s Love and Acceptance
~June 4, 2014-June 3, 2015~
Day 26-Atlanta, Georgia:
As parents we have an obligation to God to raise our children in the most productive manner possible. Children look to their parents, relatives and caregivers for the spiritual, emotional, and physical support they need in order to blossom as a child of God. Kids learn everything in the environment that they are raised in; our actions have impacts that are life-long and the job of being a parent should be taken very seriously.
Children have their own uniqueness, personality, and individual way that they process information to make decisions. When they have positive influences in their lives, they hopefully will recognize right from wrong and act accordingly. On the other side when they have negative influencers in their life, children tend to use that as an excuse to make similar decisions. That is why God’s presence in the life of a child is critical, because without God the children of the world will wonder around aimlessly and be completely lost.
Exposing our children to sex, drugs, alcohol, and vulgar material at a young or adolescent age, through the Internet, television programs, music, and other electronic means is not what God wants for his children and is simply unacceptable. Parents make mistakes and no one is perfect. However, the values that we are instilling in our children either align with God’s message or they do not. Sometimes our children also have to find out in their own way, regardless of the upbringing that they have, which only further complicates being a parent.
We are still responsible to do the best job that we can and when will stand up and say enough is enough? What will it take for parents to understand the impacts that their decisions have on the minds of their own flesh and blood/God’s Children? Who are our children’s role models and who do they look up to? If the answer is not God first and family second we are failing God. Jesus’s Apostle, John, states it this way, “No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.” Amen.
Reflection Day #26
Three takeaways towards your journey with God: