Yesterday, a child (yes, a child) shot children (yes, children) in a Ohio school. Death and killing appears to be as easy as buying a Dr. Pepper at the local store. No big deal. Anger is so great among our young people and retaliation is their answer to their problems. Because as adults, parents, grandparents, and role models we have failed to show them another solution to failure, rejection, depression, unhappiness, loneliness, hunger, and life in general.
Could it be that as adults we have gotten so far away from what it means to have a real relationship with Jesus Christ, that we ourselves do not know the answer?
Are you mad at me yet? I just called you a failure. Oh, maybe you have raised your children right and they know how to process their own emotions in the right direction. But what about other children, the ones it is easier to walk right past because they are not “your problem”. They are all of our problems! And until we realize this fact, they will keep killing and hating one another.
When we did Middle and High school youth at church, I realized that, at times, we were just the babysitters. Parents who did not want to deal with their own children because they had worked all week at a job. Well, boo hoo to you. You made the decision to bring them into the world and if you want “me” time, wait until they are gone off to college. I guess my adult sympathy is a little low today. I can only feel sympathy for the children.
The answer is to become a family unit again! Don’t shuffle your kids off on their friends or random activities. Participate with them. Give them a little alone time, but very little. Be involved! If you have to come home from work and take a 15 minute shower to unwind, do it, and then be present in their lives. Give God tomorrow and let Him figure it out. Pray together, talk to each other, kiss their faces, and sleep when you are dead. For life is worth living and participating in, it is the greatest gift that you have been given.
Have you been given so many precious gifts, greater than life, that you just throw His gift onto the “more stuff” pile?
And what about your child’s life? God trusted you to the point to give you His precious gift in the form of a child. Did He give you too much trust? Does He see more in us, than we choose to see in ourselves?
You figure it out!
I found this post on YouTube by Haids1987 and the song is by Kenny Loggins. Enjoy.