Parents are the Youths’ Guiding Lights PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 18 March 2017 12:05


BY Berlie G. Yap

“No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.” (Lk. 8:16, ESV)

If parents will stop to instill good values to their children, then it will be an absolute guarantee that our future society shall suffer a sure catastrophe of anarchy! Thus, it is imperative for any parents to teach,bothin words and by example, good values to their children. In fact, parents ought to give this necessary obligation as their number one priority, than their work or personal ambitions.

For what is the use of personal success, in the field of business or career, and your own children are entangled at the same time to different miry clays in our world! As they say, real success is when your own family are also in good standing, and most of all walks in the fear of the Lord.

I thought to share some biblical wisdom in this page about the relevance of godly instructions—by the parents to their children, simply because the obvious demonic onslaughts against our kids are indeed that pretty terrible nowadays! Parents will have to stand already on their ground, and be able to redeem back their second generation to godliness.

It may be known already to you about that horrible news last Monday.There were those youths, high school students, who were caught by their barangay officials committing group sex inside an abandoned house. And accordingly, concerned neighbors had reprimanded earlier the girls, if why they were outside their school. Instead,the latter did even reply back, in a disrespectful manner, that it was not anymore the former’s business.

Good values are learnt first by the children from home, and not from school. Thus, we parents should be circumspect to deal our children. Their lives are like pliable clays; we can mold them as to how God wanted them to be. We must teach godliness to them; instill honesty and integrity. But please, when you preach to them, see to it that you also do or practice your own words!

Parents should be good examples to their children. In fact, unknown to us, our kids mimic us gradually. So that when they grow old, they exactly become like us. Never teach your children not to smoke or not to drink, but you careless pop cigarette smoke before their face, and you also are an alcoholic.

Love is an irresistible force; if parents have this quality product, and they can give such to their children, the latter may grow complete and whole. But of course, parents must also employ a degree of strictness to their kids. The Lord said, “For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” (Js. 12:6, ESV)

If you love your children you will discipline them. I suggest, this may be the way you would deal your children. When they are still below 10 years old, you can still spank them. “Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.” (Prov. 13:24, ESV) But beyond 10 years old, do not!Because they already can feel a level of embarrassment, if you will punish them. Strong or stern words will be enough.

But never forget, whether you employ spanking or strong words, you do them with complete love! Deep inside their souls, they exactly understand the real message why you discipline them. Then, when you are done, call them privately, and explained to them that you disciplined them because you love them. The last act you will do is to hug and kiss them.

We do not own the lives of our children. They are only a stewardship to us. One day, they will also leave and start a family of their own. So, in their limited time with you, make the most to shape them, the way God wanted them to be. Inculcate Scripture verses to their memory. “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Prov. 22:6, KJV)

If you will do, the Lord promised that the child will not depart from it! To simply put, the Bible shall be their guiding light in all of their lives. Love your kids more than money, your work, your career and everything! Understand as well that your greatest treasure on earth are them. When you can see them grow in the fear of the Lord, such is already a great success!

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