Reading, listening to, or watching the news these days makes one think that life is not supposed to be fun. It is so depressing. So many bad things are happening. Why so many young people choose death over life may shock you? Trust me, you don’t want to know! While the question is valid the answers are heart wrenching?
Could it be that life is not all they thought it would be? Somewhere early on it wasn’t all it was chalked up to be?
Unfortunately, if we have the Word hidden in our hearts, we know the bible is fulfilling itself. That’s not to say somebody knows when Jesus is coming back. What we do know is, that we are living in the last days. My heart is weighty about Satan‘s attack on our children and young adults. Too many find themselves thrust into adult situations that steal, crush, and curse their days of youth. Some have no clue about what innocence feels like because ever since they were old enough to put away memories, somebody was violating them. No one segment of the population is at fault for waging war on our children because so many wrongdoing types apply.
Mothers are neglected, fathers are sexually abused, teachers taking advantage of authority, and religious leaders use false prophesies to take unfair advantage of God’s sheep. And then the murderers, the worst kind of child abusers. What happened? Life is supposed to be fun and carefree. Yet today, we see kids raising themselves, some even caring for others, a responsibility no child should inherit.
Gone are when we could feel safe allowing our young girls to wear appropriate swim attire, or fashions transitioning them from childhood into womanhood. Those times are gone, replaced with something sinister and wicked. Loving mothers can’t rest for fear a child may not come home. Life is, watching fathers who don’t want to be fathers. Some don’t even want to be men. Some women cringe at the thought of what pregnancy does to the look of their body! Sadly, some people don’t understand the beauty and beautiful blessings associated with childbirth.
So, life is supposed to be fun, although growing for too many, it’s just the opposite. Scores of babies from all walks of life come into this world, doomed from the womb. Whether rich or poor, every day, umpteen innocent offspring meet this cold world, eventually having to fend for themselves, emotionally and physically. Often they feel as if they have nowhere to turn. It’s just not right.
I can’t help but notice how many missing kids are between the ages of 14 and 16. Fourteen to sixteen seems to be the age most adolescents are confused, bidding farewell to puberty; and adjusting to living in a body outfitted with new-found, new physical attributes. It isn’t effortless.
Who knew there would be a need for a child to seek protection in his or her own home? The thought of it makes me gag. Thinking about a child who’s afraid to leave the bedroom for fear of running into an abusive parent sends chills up my spine. Even worse, the child with everything money can buy, but nothing God can use. My most disturbing vision is seeing a child wake up in the morning, eager or not to go to school, but doesn’t have the bare necessities to get their engine running. Thousands of kids show up every morning in class, hungry, unbathed, unloved, and void of direction. But, still, life is supposed to be fun.
What a sad day when God’s young people are at-risk in their own homes, a place where they should always feel safe.
What speaks to me today may surprise you because far too many are speechless on the subject of our children’s welfare.
Perhaps they have forgotten that Jesus had compassion for children and mothers. There are many stories in the bible about times when he healed a child. He also warns people not to harm a child but to teach them instead and raise them in the way they should go. Just that little piece clarifies that parents, both men, and women, from all economic, social, and religious backgrounds, contribute to spearheading this war on our children. If the bible records evidence of Jesus treating children with kindness and love, he expects no less from descendants. Jesus also referenced his wish for us to have faith as a child would have in him. He even presented children as an example of the type of faith adults are to have.
“Truly, I tell you, anyone, who will not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.”
“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
Jesus wants each of us to have child-like faith and a pure heart. That means believing God is Who He says He is. If God chose a child’s demeanor to be an example of how an adult should carry him or herself, He values children more than we could ever imagine.
This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live. Deuteronomy 30:19
- “Children of the wicked will come to know a life of sorrow and tribulation, even if only in the heart.” Denise Thornton
May his children are wandering beggars;
May they be driven from their ruined homes. Psalms 109:10
We owe our children proper age lifestyles that include parental guidance fueled by God’s Word. Children should never suffer at the hands of those who brought them into the world.