TODAY THE WORDS are FOR TEENAGERS. I am fortunate to have friends who suggest great topics for the blogs and this one tops one of the best suggestions. As Jackie Lynn Martin-Avis said when she sent this clipping, a lot of my blog topics seem to pop out at me and this one popped out at her. I see why! This answer from a judge to a teenager when the question was asked, “What can we do, where can we go?” This brings back so many memories but the memories don’t come from a judge, but our parents. We didn’t wonder what to do; our parents gave us plenty to do and this brings me to the present day dilemma. We have outsourced our “childhood” duties out or parents do the same things we, as children did when we were growing up. No one else but we kids mowed the lawn, washed windows, we had to do our homework before we played, all of us had part time jobs, and I read books until I dropped to sleep. Ah ha! Is this a revelation or what? How many children are mowing the lawns or does Dad enjoy mowing with his John Deere riding lawn mower? Dishwashers have taken the place of dish washing, so there goes several hours a week to fill and what have they been filled with; computers full of bullying and tearing down each other. Jobs? What is that if you ask most teenagers; we all had jobs and we were too busy to get into trouble. Trouble was trying to get a ride to work or school as we didn’t all own cars either. The statement “The world does not owe you a living; you owe the world something” is such a profound statement. I may add a statement here and this is directed to parents. As I was one of the former generation who was taught to work, taught to take responsibility, taught to respect; taught to love and help others, and taught to honor the country’s laws and want to have a good reputation; I have gained by the efforts I was expected to make for growth and building of character. I don’t know it all but my parents gave me the foundation of becoming a contributing adult. What we do owe our children is giving them direction, expectations, responsibilities, necessity for a good education, and work, work, work. If we close the laptops except for school work; we teach how to mow grass, wash cars and trucks, hand wash dishes and windows, make up beds, etc and etc., we will fill a lot of void in our children’s’ lives. What is wrong with that? Nothing! Don’t scream at our youth until we have done what we need to do as parents. You may be cheating your child from becoming all they can be!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
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