Last Thursday night we celebrated and honoured our mums at our annual mother daughter night at GEMS. We enjoyed a night of pampering, yummy treats and we were entertained by our very talented GEMS and some brave mums in our Talent show. This years focus on mothers night, was all about spending time and being present with our girls, but this principle extends further than mothers and daughters, it extends to dads and their sons, and grandparents and aunts, uncles and mentors too.
Our culture today is telling our kids, that what parents and other significant people have to say is not as important as our kids peers, and the Media. Look at any girls magazine, no where amongst its pages will you find mention of mum or dad. Our children's teenage years are not a time for us to stand back and let culture take over. It can be a time of great confusion, growth and maturity as our kids navigate the path between childhood and adulthood, these sometimes turbulent years are when our kids need us the most. They need us to be there supporting them and encouraging them, to discover the life God has in store for them. We need to be challenging their thinking, and discussing with them what culture says vs what the word of God teaches.
5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home - when you are at the dinner table or watching TV, or interacting with each other and when you walk along the road, - when you are in the car, or on the train or going for an afternoon walk. when you lie down - Talk to them at bedtime, pray with them and when you get up. - Let the Lord your God be the focus of your household from the moment you get up, to when you go to sleep Deut6:5-7
The bible is very clear that as parents we are to be the primary spiritual teachers in our children's lives, so I challenge you parents, do not become complacent in your child's teenage years, but instead step up to the challenge and actively seek to help your kids grow to become disciples of Jesus Christ. Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Mentors, you too have a role to play, encourage parents as they raise their children, and keep them accountable and be there to stand in the gap at times.