Our Children, Our Future!
Written by: Re PLICC
Edited by: Phinah MOLEKE
This month’s subject is “Our Children, Our Future”. GOD LOVES CHILDREN and has a plan for each child.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made…”
Whatever the stages of life we might find ourselves in, be it childhood or teenage stage, young adult, it could be extremely hard without Grace as guidance; what we sometimes call rhythm.
Let me take you back to a day in 2006, when I got so scared at the thought of raising my two boys by myself that I ended up with a serious stomach ache. I was not thinking about the material stuff just the sense of responsibility to bring up responsible human beings. However, as most of us know by now, it takes more than money to bring up a child, it takes time and most people don’t have the time, time is a gift from God, living by example (it means we must be transparent in our lifestyle to our children), it takes openness -Today’s kids want things to be openly discussed, and trust (Trust is most important in establishing any relationship).
“Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the reverence of the LORD.”
“Train up a child in the way she should go, even when she is old she will not depart from it”.
I knew that I needed God’s grace to bring up children, and I remember, just weeping non-stop and I said, HELP ME LORD!
Since then, I have learnt that GOD LOVES CHILDREN, and will do anything to help us parents to bring them up well. If you are reading this right now and you are on the brink of giving-up, I want to assure you that God will do the same for you & your children, married or not married.
“Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”
As parents, we are faced with having to have many conversations with our children. I truly believe that one of the first, and perhaps the most important conversation is to tell our children that they are divinely created. “I (God) am your creator. You were in my care even before you were born”. They were not an accident. Do you remember the story of Hagar when Sarah chased her out with her son Ishmael; “God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there”.
- When Joseph was a young boy, he was sold and thrown into a den and was left to die by his own brothers.
- When Moses was born, a decree came-out that stated, “kill all the male children” in Egypt.
- When Jesus was born as well, the same decree was released; “kill all the boy children born in Bethlehem, between ages of…” There was a mass-murder of thousands of children.
Today we see even the most unspeakable crimes against children such as infant-rape, human trafficking, murder, young girls used for prostitution, children soldiers – children turned into killing machines, child labor , the list is endless. Adults tries to lure them into drugs, street children are used as guinea pigs to test drugs and all sorts of stuff.
When I was a little girl, only just 8 years old, I was molested, raped and sexually abused and my innocence was stolen from me. This thing held me hostage and messed me up for years, yet somehow, a stronger voice, would say, “It will get better, tomorrow will be better than today, you will see, just don’t kill yourself”.
Let us protect and shape our children, our future. Let us teach them the way. Let’s teach them to eat right and exercise their bodies so they can have healthy minds. Let’s talk right. Speak encouraging words to them daily. Let’s take time to encourage them to speak freely about anything. Let us discuss sex, drugs, & alcohol with them, teach them because if we do not teach them, the television will, their peers will, the internet will. Do not speak over them, converse with them.
Do not be discouraged, we will win, it takes men and women like you, “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.”
To the Youth: Listen up; understand this young men and young ladies. This is a very significant time, specific and unique time, the new world is at hand. The times spoken about in the books of Acts 2 where the Holy Spirit will be poured upon all flesh and our sons and daughters will prophesy. The focus now, is on you. You! young people; God will use you in a mighty way to change our society & the world; you are the ones who will declare the New World. You may not have the parameters or the boundaries to be able to know how to protect your mind. And that’s why I, Re will teach you how. Since the focus is on you as our future, I know that you may feel a lot of pressure, but suicide is no option. I know that you may be feeling that your voice is not heard, you feel like the adults do not get it, you feel like you are a misfit, the odd man out, you may feel all of this. Hear this; you are the chosen generation “The Benjamin Generation”, you will not be overwhelmed by the negativity around you. God’s ears are open to your cry. You will touch many that I cannot touch, reach people I cannot reach, you will go to places I or your parents cannot go. God will use you in a mighty way. Hang in there, we love you, I love you and God loves you. Bless You!