Have you noticed parenting has changed dramatically since your grandparent’s days? The things you see children doing today would have never have happened when your parents or grandparents where children. Parenting has dramatically changed from when you were a child. How many of you hear a story from a child today and think “that never would have happened when I was a kid”? Things that were absolutes are now just mere suggestions for today’s youth. It’s frightening how far we’ve come from what God intended for us. So what do we do about it? How do we make a difference?
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 says, “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” First and foremost we are to learn what the Word says and plant it deep in our hearts. You can’t pour out of an empty vessel. How can you possibly teach your children or the children around you something you don’t know? You are then to share what you are learning with your children, talking about it throughout your day in all situations. God never intended to be a Sunday only Father. He doesn’t want visitation rights; He wants a relationship.
We cannot control what society does, but we can control what we do and what takes place in our household. Spend time learning God’s Word and teach it to your children and those around you. You’ll be amazed what will take place when one person is committed to doing things God’s way. If you don’t think one person can impact their world and those that follow behind them, just look at what the apostle Paul did for his generation and everyone to follow. All it takes is one soul surrendered to Jesus to make a difference.