Thomasville Times Enterprise

November 14, 2013

Raising children up right

Tara Wentworth

— It is a good thing I am an optimist and also a believer, because the statistics in so many different arenas are so bad that one could become very depressed if that was all the information that was available.

Here are several examples I recently read in an article called “Raising up Superkids in a Not-So-Super World.”

A 2012 study showed 47 percent of high school students surveyed were sexually active; 16 percent of all 10th graders and 24 percent of all 12th grade participants admitted to heavy drinking; and 19 and 25 percent of those same groups, respectively, said that they had used drugs between 2011 and 2012.

I don't imagine the statistics are any better in late 2013. I would imagine if there were some statistics out there, a majority of those young people have had little or no spiritual guidance in their lives — from parents, teachers or anyone else they may “look up” to, including their idols. 

I am familiar with several organizations that are attempting to change those statistics by training up children and young people with godly principles and values that they can live by and work out in their every day lives.

When our young people have a love for the Word of God and a solid foundation in biblical core values, taught to them by loving, caring adults (parents, teachers, mentors), they can make wise decisions and live their lives in a way that honors God and fulfills their God given destiny.

It is going to take all of us working together to preserve a righteous remnant of young people.  We must realize that this next generation will be leading this country in a few short years, and most of them have no idea how to “run” their own lives, let alone a business or a church or a government entity.  We must be willing to pay the price to get involved in their lives, to sacrifice our own (usually somewhat selfish) agendas, in order to train them up in the way that they should go.

There used to be a time where we lived by the philosophy that “It takes a whole village to raise a child.”  Everyone took responsibility toward making sure that the young people from their community had every possible opportunity to become responsible adults, by speaking into their lives, not allowing them to continually fail by making unwise choices.

Since many adults are irresponsible and no longer a good role model, or they are too busy trying to fulfill their own lives, our young people are left to their own immature devices. For many, it is leading down the path to failure and disillusionment. 

I am thrilled to know many families personally (in my own family and my church family) that are taking the mandate to raise their children in the fear of the Lord seriously.

Are these children without fault? Are they always “little angels?” Hardly.  However, they are being raised to know the difference between what will help them to become successful, more responsible and pleasing to the Lord versus what will lead them down the pathway to failure.

The scripture does encourage parents to raise up a child in the way that he should go, then gives a promise that when they are older, they will not depart from the way of righteousness. 

In a time where moral absolutes are looked down upon as either irrelevant or a totally offensive position to take, I am grateful for those parents, teachers and other responsible adults, who do take this mandate seriously.

I am praying that we will have many “Superkids” being raised up right here in our community.  May they be our future leaders and take back the ground we have lost as a nation.