My hubby had been watching an interesting show and called me in to see it. Someone made a ‘reality’ television show about modern families living like the pioneers did. One of the families had three children. They had great wealth and lived in a large, beautiful home overlooking a scenic landscape, yet had come to live in a small wooden house with no amenities or modern comforts for a considerable length of time. In order to survive, the whole family had to work very hard from early morning to evening. One child had a birthday while there, and was given a handmade, rustic toy, one of few the children had to play with.
Those are the only things I remember about the show other than how difficult their lives were as pioneers. It made me feel sad for the children of today who are inundated with toys and recreation, but do not have confidence built upon successful and fruitful labour and feel like they hold no value in society. Is it any wonder they feel lost and wander aimlessly through their days?
Sure kids can gain some confidence by playing on sports teams or acting in plays, but will this really make them feel valuable and needed in society? A parent can say many things to a child, but the child believes what he sees in himself and in his relation to the world. There are many Scriptures pertaining to children; here are a few.
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD… Ps. 127:3
The last two verses speak into the time it takes in genuine parenting. We forget this in today’s society where parents are busy working and driving kids who are busy with sports, organizations and activities. By teenage years, most families don’t even eat supper together. But God knew that Abraham would spend enough time with his kids to raise them godly and teach them to do right. God also told the Jews in Moses day to learn the law so they could teach and talk about them to their children throughout the day: sitting, walking (all activities), first thing in the morning and last thing at night (all day).
I’m wondering if we need to go back to the pioneer days, back to when families lived and worked together all day. Obviously that’s not possible, but we should try to find a way to do a better job at raising our kids godly in a godless world. The proof of our efforts should be seen: in their confidence to serve God’s purpose in their lives and make a stand for righteousness in these dark times. Perhaps with our help, they can be God’s pioneers of today.