Speak the Truth, 'Cause Silence Kills
Every second of their lives, from an infant to toddler, through adolescents and even tween years, we are inspecting, guiding, caring, in their ear, trying to teach them everything they need to know. Then one day in the hustle of life and through them plugging into other “influences” (iPods, TV, video games, friends, internet, etc.) we fall silent.
It is not always intentional. You start a new career, your own business or even a blog. You get your first iPad…I’m just saying things happen! :-). In years past, we were like stalkers (yes I said it, think about it) hovering over them with constant reminders of what they needed to do to stay safe. “Don’t touch that, hot!, don’t run with that in your hand, get down from there, your going to poke your eye out!, get that out of your mouth (or nose, ear, "other").” The reality is this…the things that will hurt them in these later years can be far more dangerous, just less obvious.
We fall silent for days at a time thinking that we have time to tell them later. We had one or two conversations with them last week and now we feel as if we have done our part, but those talks cannot undo the influences piped into them hours, days, and months prior. We only talked to them because we see signs or real evidence of something we did not like.
My point…Silence Kills! The more they do not hear the words and voice of TRUTH, the weaker our influence becomes. Parents! You can not afford to be silent in your own house, because you will loose influence over your entire family. If you do not give your kids TRUTH, what will they use to guide them when you are not around. TRUTH provides a moral compass that guides them and helps them to make decisions when mommy and daddy are not there. TRUTH protects them from peer pressure. TRUTH gives them hope. TRUTH gives them healing. TRUTH empowers them to move forward in spite of the obstacles they face.
The question is…WHAT IS YOUR TRUTH?
If you do not formalize what is your TRUTH, society will do it for you. There are many realities, but only one TRUTH. Just because the world makes a thing legal, thus a reality, it should not dictate what is TRUTH in your household.
Reality…you can stop at the corner store and buy cigarettes. TRUTH, they cause cancer and can kill you.
Reality…alcohol is a social outlet that is ok in moderation. TRUTH…many do not have self control and do not drink responsibly, which has caused them to make decisions that hurt others and even themselves, physically and emotionally.
Reality….in many states, it is legal for same sex couples to get married. TRUTH…I believe that marriage should be between a man and a women.
Do we hate any of the above for what they do? No! We love them for who they were made to be. #TRUTH Do we treat them badly for what they believe? No! We just pray for them. In the same way they want us to accept that what they do and believe is ok…in that same way they must accept what I believe is ok too. #TRUTH
I could go on and on about the many things that society has made acceptable, but if we do not establish what is TRUTH for us we are leaving our children to face a world of conflicting views and various complicated opinions that has the potential to hinder their destiny. I am not telling you to make them a robot, who is not able to think through and understand why they believe what they believe. I am saying that we must not be silent and leave their beliefs to chance while the world legislates and drips untruths into their minds. After a while, they will no longer want to even consider your TRUTH. Silence Kills. #period
The Bible is the TRUTH that empowers our children with what they need to handle the things of this world. We must help them understand the rules of this world. We are in this world, but not of it. We have to learn to function within it, but we should not conform to it. We have to love everyone, but we do not have to like what they do.
Therefore thus says the Lord : “If you return, I will restore you, and you shall stand before me. If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless, you shall be as my mouth. They shall turn to you, but you shall not turn to them. And I will make you to this people a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you, but they shall not prevail over you, for I am with you to save you and deliver you, declares the Lord. Jeremiah 15:19, 20 ESV
Reality…our kids will get angry at us for what we say and make them do. TRUTH…if you train up a child in the way that they should go, when they older, they will not depart from it. That does not mean that they will not have consequences for their actions. It does not mean that they will always do the right thing. It does not mean that while they are “getting old” that they will not explore other options. It means that in their mind and in their heart that will know the TRUTH, which has the power to set them free.
Reality….society (maybe even you) will not like everything that I say in this blog. TRUTH…I must speak it.
Speak the Truth, 'Cause SILENCE KILLS!
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