It is always a privilege to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s the good news of a Savior who died so that we might live eternally with Him. Can you receive that today? Well, we are rising up and taking our families back, by way of parenting. Oh man, this thing is real!
Before we move on, I must hit some statistics guys. Did you know that 90% of runaways come from fatherless homes, 85% of youth in prison also come from fatherless homes, and over 10 million children in America have one or more parent incarcerated? It is predicted that 70% of these children will end up in jail. Do the math, that that is 7 Million kids.
I am here to say enough is enough. We can turn this around. We can stop this spiraling out of control. Parenting, restructured, is the answer.
Our conversation right now is about parenting and how love factors into it. God is love. He is the origin of love. If we don’t know how to love, then we cannot demonstrate it before our children, and we definitely can’t teach it to them. Children learn from what you do more than what you say. We’re advised to love God with all our heart, soul and strength. What does that look like? Starting with the heart, let us take a peek.
The famed group, “Earth, Wind, and Fire” had a hit song that said, “Ain’t it funny that the way you feel shows on your face.” In other words, what goes on the inside, will be revealed on the outside. Did you get that? The heart is your inner life, your thoughts, intentions, and motives. We need a check-up on our heart condition, therefore, let a man examine himself. The only way we can effectively do this is by taking the word of God and measuring ourselves by it. His word is truth.
So here we go-As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. This scripture is loaded. It is basically saying, the way in which you continue to think, so you will be. As an example; if you continue to think negatively, then you will see others as being a problem, life as a difficult task, your children as problematic, and your spouse as a pain in the …whatever. (ROTFL ) You are then a negative thinker, and ultimately a negative person. Your thoughts, therefore, begin to shape how you perceive everything. When you are presented with an idea, your inclination will be toward the negative.
No matter how positive something is, a negative person will only see it negatively and will find fault with it somewhere. They can reach into a bag of pearly marbles and pull out the only damaged one, then proclaim, “see I told you those marbles were flawed.” (SMH) What’s flawed, is their heart and the way they see things.
Years ago, when I was a single parent, it was hard. I was an entrepreneur, homeschooling two kids, and trying to have a life as well. Parenting took up the bulk of my time. I didn’t realize it, but I had become resentful towards my kids inwardly. I had a “me versus them” mentality. In my mind, everything I did was for them and nothing was for me. I felt used and abused and I didn’t like it. What’s more, I didn’t even realize that I had this attitude.