I remember when I lived at home and what the rules where. You obeyed the “house rules” or else…! There were repercussions if we didn’t follow them. There was none of this, “well next time you better,” “I’ll let this slide this time,” or “I know you’re just trying to expand your wings.” Everything was in black and white and there definitely wasn’t any gray around except the way you felt after punishment!
What has happened to respect that people had for each other, for who they are and just for the fact that they are further along in years? What happened to table manners, napkins in your lap, no elbows on the table and chewing with your mouth closed? Yes sir, yes ‘ma'am? What has happened to the manners that were used when you meet someone or the manners you should have in a conversation especially if you have mixed company?
I am truly amazed at how people act toward one another and I am flabbergasted by the way youth and young adults act. When I correct my daughter in her actions or in her talk, sometimes this reply comes back, “Mom, they don’t do things that way anymore. That was in 1908.” My reply to her is, “This is not 1908 and just because ‘they’ don’t do things that way doesn’t meant that they are right.”
The Bible talks about a way for a man that seems right. In Matthew chapter 7, we find that we are to enter in at the straight gate because wide is the gate and broad is the path that leads to destruction. There is a narrow way that leads to life and that only a few find it.
Today youth are bombarded by what is cool or what the new ‘thing’ is. It’s hard for them to make decisions when they are pulled in so many ways. As parents and as mentors we have something they don’t…hind sight. We can look back and realize we shouldn’t have done this or done that and no matter how we try to explain it and teach it to them; they still will have to bump their own noses and bruise their own knees. As parents, it’s very difficult to let them have the freedom to fly and experience life.
Think about the little grey soft doves – they are interesting birds. They have many applications and implications. Doves come in many different sizes and are many different colors. They are wild birds, pets, sacrifices and at times food. A baby dove has the unique advantage of having both the male and female care for it. Both the male and female take turns keeping the baby dove warm and feeding it. Both the male and female secrete what is termed as ‘crop milk’ which is a highly nutritious substance to feed to the young. After 7 to 28 days, the baby dove flies from the nest to start its own voyage of life.
We, just like doves, care for our young providing what we believe is the best for them in hopes that when that day comes they’ll ‘fly’ into life with a good solid faith in who they are and whose they are. Hoping and praying that the Holy Spirit in which they were raised with will rise up within their very souls and turn them to the narrow gate that leads to life. Trusting and having complete faith in Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. God’s word will not return void and it will accomplish what He has sent it to do! Take heart and let the doves fly....