Someone told me something a few days ago, and I just let it sit and marinate for a while because a reaction would have been unproductive at that moment. (Thanking God for a more rational, more mature me!)
If this post applies to you than take it in the Spirit of love in which it is written, if it does not apply to you than ........ you must not have children, know children, or know anyone who has children!
In the bible, Proverbs 6:22 says, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it".
If you notice, the first half of that said, "TRAIN UP A CHILD IN THE WAY HE SHOULD GO..."! Hence if You, We, I, are doing OUR job then We are TRAINING these children in the way they should go (Hopefully). So when a child/teen/young adult strays from the path or does something that is not to your liking WHO IS TO BLAME?
Here in lies the problem. When your child messes up, we are quick to blame, Society, Rappers, Celebrities, Government, School System, Beyonce, Court System, the Police, Lady GaGa, Your Neighbors, Other Family members, Facebook, President Obama, the Old lady who plays piano in the church, the Preacher, the dog next door.... You get the point!
We are super fast to lay the blame on any and everybody but ourselves. In all actuality if we are doing our job and Training that child properly, then there is NO ONE to blame! That child has made a conscious decision to do whatever the hell they want to do! So stop trying to lay blame someplace! It is not my fault, not your fault, not ANYONE's fault! It is simply a choice that he or she has made. See, people make mistakes, bad decisions, dumb choices, irrational actions. And NO the Devil did not make them do it! They may have been tricked, influenced, suckered, harassed, pressured, asked, but bottom line THEY MADE A CHOICE.
The upside to this is that in the second half of that scripture it says, "...WHEN HE IS OLD HE WILL NOT DEPART FROM IT!". Now I could not tell you HOW OLD your child will be when he/she will not depart from it, but if you believe in God's word then you KNOW God makes good on ALL His promises! So if GOD said it than I believe it! No matter what MY children have done, are doing, and will do in the future, I believe that I have trained them correctly, so they have NO CHOICE but to get it right eventually because GOD SAID SO!
In the mean time keep praying for your babies, matter of fact pray for all the babies! Keep training them in the ways of the Lord, keep motivating, inspiring, and encouraging them, and most of all KEEP LOVING THEM (because face it who wants to be shunned???)!
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