It seems like the family unit is being dissolved with every successive generation and we can't figure out why. One will look at the next and say,"That generation is so lost!" What they don't understand is, the one before them said the exact same thing! They say things like, “Youth is wasted on the young" (REALLY). If that is true then I say, “Wisdom is wasted on the old." We didn't lose this generation; we have simply lost their attention, and therefore created the very deficit we are medicating them for!
Should it be a surprise when our children can't understand their grandparents when they try to impart a small amount of wisdom, and in return get the “deer-in-the-headlight” look!
When I was young my grandfather used to chime in every time we started to complain about not having the things we wanted.
He would say, "I used to complain about my gloves, till I met a man with no hands; I used to complain about my shoes, till I met a man with no feet." Grandpa! I get it! You used to complain about your HAT, till you met a man with no HEAD!
What I think he was trying to tell us was that his generation didn't spend time complaining about what they didn't have, but appreciating what little they did have! Today we simply have too many distractions.
Mark 4:19 says it all, "But all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced." No fruit in you equals no fruit in them.
If you have children, you have experienced the simplicity of a heart not yet burdened with the desires of life. It's like when a three-year old gets 20 presents for Christmas, opens one, and for the next hour, plays with the box, and is completely content! Remember how fun that was? The thing we may not get at the time is that this precious little child will never remember the box, but will always remember the time his parents spent playing with him.
In 1 John 3:18 it says, "Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth." Love is a verb, an action! You can't teach love and good values through a video game, so let's stop trying, okay?
Remember parents, action begets action! What they see they will most likely do. So let's give them the example the Word of God sets for us all. And some day they may----Wake Up Christian.