Paul told Timothy, “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God- having a form of godliness but denying its power.” (Timothy 3:1-5 NIV)
What do you see today? Not only do you see adults disrespectful to one another, but children are disrespectful to their elders, and especially to their parents. Many parents don’t take the time with their children to teach them to be respectful and they even allow their children to be disrespectful to them!
When your child was born, do you remember how happy and delirious you were? That little bundle of joy was so precious! What happened as he/she grew? Did you pawn him/her off to a baby sitter so you could do ‘your thing’? When you have children they are your career! Do you treat them as your career? No one is going to teach your children your values except you! Sometimes there is no other recourse but to do what you have to do and let others take care of or baby sit your children for awhile. Grandparents are usually, but not always, the best sitters if they are close by. These are decisions that you and your mate have to work out. Just always remember that that little bundle of joy grows up to be an adult with the values and teachings that you have instilled in them, if you have instilled any in them!
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” ( Pro 22:6)
Train in Hebrew is khaw-nak’ which means to initiate or discipline: – dedicate, train up; or teach. If you train a child to be respectful from a very young age, he will carry that through his whole life!
Yes, children are commanded to honor their parents, but they can’t know to do that on their own! They must be taught, so the responsibility is on the parents to teach their children to be respectful and show honor to their parents! If your children are disrespectful to you, is it your fault? Probably or maybe you have allowed them to hang around the wrong crowd while they were growing up as it also depends on the company that they have been keeping, which you may or may not have known. Good childrearing is not a passive thing, it is a very active obligation that parents owe to their children!
Have you ever heard parents yelling and swearing at their children or at others in front of their children? Remember that children are like little parrots and imitate what they see and hear! What they live is the adult they will become!
A child’s main foundation of teaching should come from the Word of God! If you teach them well, they will honor you and your spouse and they will be successful and happy adults and you will be happy parents! Raising happy and responsible adults is a universal dream of everyone and we are reflecting the very plan of God Himself as He is fulfilling His plan in building His own family of which we are to become!
To be continued……
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