Be Careful Little Eyes What You See
I remember a little song from Sunday School when I was a child. The lyrics go like this:
“Oh, be careful little eyes, what you see.
Oh, be careful little eyes, what you see.
There’s a Father up above, looking down in tender love,
So be careful little eyes, what you see.”
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What’s a Parent to Do?
The role parents play in the lives of their children cannot be minimized, it is paramount in importance. Contrary to Hillary Clinton’s premise, it doesn’t “take a village” to raise a child, it takes godly parents making godly choices for their children. This includes the images they see broadcast to them in multiple formats. Proverbs 22:6 says “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” This proverb gives great advice for parents to follow.
The tendency is often to assume this is an eternal promise rather than a proverb. When you raise a child in a godly home, teaching them from God’s Word and then that child, having rebellious will, chooses not to follow the training he or she was taught as a child, it often brings confusion. Rest assured that the Lord hears the prayers of godly parents whose children have strayed from their godly upbringing. Having rebellious children is more a sign of the fallen world we live in and the total depravity of the heart of mankind, rather than a failing on the part of a godly parent.
If you have young children, then follow Proverbs 22:6. If your children are older teens or are grown, continue to show them the love of Jesus and pray for them daily. If you raise them to know and love Christ, and they turn away for a while or forever, remember our Heavenly Father, who is perfect and Holy in every way, also has children who are rebellious and turn away.