It’s Memory Verse Monday. Have your children ever been upset with you because they feel you sheltered them too much? Mine have. One day, my son came home from school upset. Someone had made fun of him because he didn’t know what some curse word was. I told him it is okay to be ignorant at times.
When my children were younger, I did try to shelter them from evil, but now as teenagers I teach them the ways of the world. I have heard too many stories of young, naïve Christian girls becoming victims of rape and abuse. Teens must be warned about the dangerous world that we live in. I believe we need to shelter our teens from what they see, but they need to be taught some street smarts. If you don’t teach them, then someone else will. Warn your teens about sexually transmitted diseases, drugs and alcohol abuse. Teach your daughter(s) how to dress so as to not make every male lust after her when she walks into a room. Teach your son(s) to treat women with respect. Teach them God’s laws. When they leave your home, you have no way of preventing them from breaking your rules. So don’t teach them your rules, rather teach them God’s laws. When they sin, it is against God not you. Teach them that God is always watching them, therefore He is the one they should obey.
As I was reading 1 Corinthians the other day, I came across this verse. I sort of laughed as I read it because I was reminded of my sons embarrassment at school. I hope that you will memorize this verse and teach it to your children.
“Do not be children in your thinking; yet in evil be infants, but in your thinking be mature” 1 Corinthians 14:20 (NASB).