In the past few years we have observed that Pastor, Evangelists and speaker have been vocal about the end of time. They have been laying emphasis on watching out for the signs that end is near. There has been lot of talks about the unlimited use of mobile phones and internet by the youth today. The consequences of the use are also known to each one of us. Mostly these things get limited to sermons, discussions and talks only.
It is an undeniable fact today that the duties and responsibilities of parents today has increased. The workload of working mothers has doubled over the years. Mothers are unable to spend quality time with their kids like mothers used to before. In the mad rush to balance work and home, it is the kids who are getting neglected. Today there are more nuclear families than joint families. This has led to the children miss out on the care, affection, help and teaching of their grandparents. These are essential for the upbringing of a child. To cover their loneliness and isolation the children take resort to mobile phones as friends. If husbands and wives work together these implications can be reduced and also put an end to.
I have read somewhere that the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. This is a famous quote by William Ross Wallace. In today’s time it is rendering to see that even with strongest desire many mothers cannot rock the cradle of their children because of other obligations. The result is that Satan now rocks the cradle of the world. We can see around us that even children of God fearing parents fall astray. Apostle Paul talks about Timothy as, 2 Timothy 1:5, 5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. Can anyone say the same about our children also today??? Think.
Proverbs 17:1,Better a dry crust with peace and quiet
than a house full of feasting, with strife.
Today the family life has undergone immense changes. Relationships have developed selfishness and consumer attitude towards each other. This is due to the myth of being self sufficient in everything. This has led to intolerance of differences in all relationships, be it husband-wife, parents-children and so on. Families no longer are ready to compromise and live together in happiness and sorrows. Togetherness is limited to happy times only. Most people find themselves alone in times of strife. The results again are suffered by the children. the children who grow up in such an environment are unable to give respect to marriage and are not able develop lasting relationships. There was a time when children used to listen and pay attention to the advice, teachings and instructions of their fathers. Years back there was unity, love, affection and warmth in families. In Bible there is one family about which is written in Jeremiah 35:14-15,14 ‘Jehonadab son of Rekab ordered his descendants not to drink wine and this command has been kept. To this day they do not drink wine, because they obey their forefather’s command. But I have spoken to you again and again, yet you have not obeyed me. 15 Again and again I sent all my servants the prophets to you. They said, “Each of you must turn from your wicked ways and reform your actions; do not follow other gods to serve them. Then you will live in the land I have given to you and your ancestors.” But you have not paid attention or listened to me.
Proverbs 13:1, A wise son heeds his father’s instruction,
but a mocker does not respond to rebukes.
The real problem today is that parents have become mere instructors or teachers. They are always lecturing or sermonizing on leading their life. Whereas the parents do not lead them with their own examples. Parents are not role models anymore. Is is important that parents pause and ask themselves how is our married life?? Is it out rhythm and harmony??? It is easy to play the blame game and place the responsibility on the other person. In the rush of trying to provide all luxuries for the children we often forget to be good role models for them. Here one can remember prophet Eli. Parents ordinary or holy people, if do not raise their children with instructions and leading them by examples then they will go astray. You will one day have to stand before the Father and give an account for yourself. 1 Samuel 3:11-14, 11 And the Lord said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle. 12 At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against his family—from beginning to end. 13 For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons blasphemed God, and he failed to restrain them. 14 Therefore I swore to the house of Eli, ‘The guilt of Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.’”
The time for self introspection has long gone. It is now time for action. Dear parents instead of standing with parents who cry out looking at their children. Its is time to act and pray for your children so that they walk on the path of light. Pray for the coming generations and act now.
Proverbs 22:6, Start children off on the way they should go,
and even when they are old they will not turn from it.