Do you ever just pause and look around you at the kids today and wonder, “What happened?!”
If you ever stop and think about what you were actually doing when you were that age, you are more than likely a little shocked and awed….and not necessarily in a good way.
In a world that is pushing the agenda of “Grow up now!” it is becoming increasingly harder to keep the “little” in our kids.
Children are born innocently into this world, and it is our job to protect that innocence. Yet they are growing up right before our eyes! What is appalling is that society is guiding them in this adventure everywhere they look.
It is disturbing to walk around and see millions of kids with their faces plastered in tablets or their phones. Whipping, Nay-Naying, shaking it, and doing the stanky leg and dab. (Did I even refer to these correctly?!…. I honestly don’t know!)
As I was listening to my 7 year old sing in the car about a breakup and an ex-boyfriend, I about lost!
What the heck was she singing and where did she even hear it?!
As I asked her what and where in the wold she heard this, she explained to me that it was from Kid Bop. What was horrible, was that I was the one who had allowed her to listen to it!
She was getting this garbage from what was clearly labeled a kids station?!
What is this nonsense?! When I was a kid I was listing to Disney Songs and playing with dolls until I was almost 12!
The thought that a Kids station was teaching my 7 year old about love and heartache was a huge wake up call. Just flip on the TV and watch the programs that are only labeled PG. Let me tell you, some of these PG movies today would have definitely been rated PG-13 when I was child.
No wonder our kids are growing up too fast! It seems that as a parent today it’s even harder to shield them from the filth that they will encounter from school and friends.
Now I don’t want my kids to be of the world, but I don’t want them to be naive to it either.
I don’t want to just shield them from everything, I want to teach them God’s principles. I want to teach them why we choose to not participate in certain activities that don’t glorify God. Why we are careful to guard our hearts and what we allow into our lives.
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
If we constantly just shield our kids, without a “Why?” then we are merely creating robots, instead of teaching them to foster their own personal relationship with the Savior.
Further, it creates a rebellious nature. Ever had someone tell you that you can’t do something, and not tell you why?!
If we teach them the reasoning behind the shielding then we give them the opportunity to think for themselves. We teach them how to make good choices for their future. It’s our job to raise them and point them in the direction of Jesus, then pray that what we taught them actually sinks in.
Our relationship with God won’t save them. We need to teach them while they are still young to guard their hearts and minds.To not conform to the hopelessness that the world has to offer, but to the hope that they will only find in Jesus.
We need to purpose to keep the “little” in our kids.
Needless to say, I won’t be naive to our desensitized world any longer. The world’s idea of kids and mine drastically differ and I refuse to conform.
There’s an example of God using my rebellious nature for His glory. Something I pray over my children often. 😉