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by David Driver
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Children are special. They are gifts from God. To be a parent is a blessing from God and a great responsibility. To teach children is also a blessing from God. To be blessed with the ability to teach and to be a parent, if this were all God wished for me to do this would be and is a full time job. I do not see this as a job. I see this as and know this is an honor bestowed upon me by God. And I thank God daily for trusting me to be a parent and to teach. So what if you teach and are not a parent? You are blessed as much. And one day God may or will bless you with children of your own. We hear how times have changed. How crime, abuse and drugs are on the rise. How some want to tell us how to teach and raise our children.
When I was a teenager they said the music we listened to was the problem. Then they said if you play the music backwards there was satanic messages. Then as years passed it went to parents should not discipline their children. And neither should teachers. How it was the children’s right to choose and just accept the outcome. It was ok for teenagers to have sex at any age. It is their freedom of expression. Now you may hear some of this. But we are starting to hear more of, hey I need my parents to check on me and wait until you are married to have sex; The world wants to control our children but does not know which step to take next. God never changes, Bringing up children the way God wishes always works. Yes some may still make choices that are not right. Maybe even think they have everything figured out. But as long as we stand strong with God we win. Yes the children are our future so train them well. If we do not the world will. Yes we have all heard this. I am not trying to take away or add anything to what anyone else has said. More importantly I am not trying to take away are add anything from God’s Word. And no I do not have all the answers. God does. And there may be questions we may never get an answer for. Why? Ask God that one. As a parent and a teacher we are examples. And if your child is grown you are still their parents. And if you do not teach a class you are still a teacher. The way you act the way you respond to different situations.
The rest of this is mainly for parents but some of this could apply to all. How you act after a bad day at work or Sunday morning when you are tired and everyone is getting ready for Church. When and how often you pray with your children. The importance you stress of serving God and going to Church to learn. How and what you pray over your children even if they are asleep. Would you hold a gun to your child? Would you let someone take your child knowing they had every intention of hurting them? Then why would a parent not check on their child at school? To see what they are learning and who they are around. To see how the children they are around dress, talk and act. And as your child sleeps watch them. Watch them sleep peacefully, watch them breathe. Place your hand on them to feel them breath and to feel the relaxing of their sleep. And thank God for blessing you with such beautiful children. If you are not there for your children someone else will be. Do not say you are to busy. Make time.
This next example may seem harsh to some but keep an open mind. Because sadly there are parents who have been through this. They see their child lying there so peacefully. They are thinking of the first time they held them and their eyes met. They remember as their child grew. Then time just got away from them. They were too busy to spend quality time with their child. Their child came and went as they pleased. No questions asked. And as they walk away from their child’s casket they ask themselves why. Then they see the tears and the look of why on the faces of their other children. This was not to upset or scare anyone. For the parents who have been through this do we judge them? No we lift them up to God and ask God to comfort them. And natural death is not the only danger. Spiritual death could hurt just as bad. To know you let your child drift off into the ways of this world to the point of no return. To always wonder who they are with and to realize you are no longer a family. No this will not happen overnight but why take the chance? Why wait? You are responsible for your children. Show them the love they are entitled to. So how does one know if they are a good parent? Look and listen. Some people look but refuse to see. Some listen and refuse to hear. You have to be willing to see and listen to hear and look. When your child calls on you for help how do you react? When your child wants to listen what do you say? Do you show love by just being in the same house? Are do you show love by being your child’s parent? Do you hug, kiss Or just like to be near your child? Look into your child’s eyes. Do you see you looking back? Look into the mirror and see your child. How do you feel now? I am and will continue to do my best as my child’s parent. And I will continue to do better until Jesus returns Or I am taken Home. You are always a parent for your children no matter how old they are. And to them you should strive to be the world to them. Someone they can look up to. Someone they can look at and see Jesus. To be able to feel the love of God flowing from you always. And always remember they are your children to raise and nurture, to lift up and encourage. And always thank God daily for your

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