Deuteronomy 11:18-19 “Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. “You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.(NKJ)
While living in California, we had our son enrolled in the boy scouts, along with flag football and later soccer. Our son was young and being the boy that he was, needed to burn off some energy in the field.
There was a family that had their son enrolled in boy scouts as well. But it did not end there with this child. After scouts, the boy was in young marines besides all the other sports imaginable. These parents had a disrespectful child on their hands, and their solution to the problem was to enroll him in organizations to straighten him out.
The problem was not the boy, it was the parents. Like it or not, our children are us. Children react in one way or another to the home environment, good or bad.
The scripture quoted above says that we are to teach our children. It is not up to an organization to do the job. These places should be an extra to what the child receives at home. The same goes for Sunday School and church.
Our most memorable times with our son was when the television gets turned off. We talked about school, work, classmates, family, e-mails, in essence, we talked about everything. Afterwards, we would pray as a family for our needs.
Are you having a bit of trouble with young children or teenagers? Take some time and listen to them, and to teach your children about the Lord and how He is working in your life. Inject some faith, hope and love into the relationship see your situation turn around.
Blessings in Him.