Along Life's Road

Parents must realize that a child is God’s gift

“Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.” – Ecclesiastes 12:1

Some years ago in the early morning after prayers were said as I laid in bed, I began my meditation. It was then through a crevice in the curtain that I saw a tiny dot of light on the wall. Not too long afterward, what was a darkened room, became full of light, announcing the dawn of a new day! Then, suddenly the message came into my spirit – “Youth is like sunrise, it doesn’t last very long.” Wow!

One of the rules of COVID-19 is to practice social distancing. Now that many of the colleges and universities in America are beginning to resume classes, the students are celebrating with parties and completely ignoring wearing of masks and social distancing. As a result, many have become victims of the new coronavirus, and a lot of blame is being placed on these young students for being so loose and not taking heed to the seriousness of this pandemic.

However, recently, I watched an interview where the president of a leading university in America responded to a question put forth, “Don’t forget that we, too, were young!” Indeed, youth is like the sunrise, only lasting for a short period, and the remaining hours are filled with experiences likened to hot temperatures, freezing winters, tornadoes, floods, blood, sweat and tears, mixed with joy in between!

During my years of teaching, I had wonderful interaction with my students. I not only taught them with the chalk, but that when they would have left the classroom and been thrown into a world that is forever spinning and like the game of Dutch, one must be able to rhythm into and out of the turning rope called success! I thank God for their many achievements!

Paul told his son in the gospel, Timothy, that he must not let anyone despise his youth, but conduct himself in such a way that he will be well spoken of and admired. I have no problem with young people enjoying themselves, but they must be taught that youth is only for a short season. Life is all about responsibility and many say “once a man, but twice a child”. Life has a way that if you don’t manage it correctly, it will beat you down like pulp. We have to let the youth know that if they want to be good men and good women, they must be good youth!

The wise one, Solomon, is earnestly appealing to the youth not to suffer from spiritual amnesia, but always be in remembrance that they have been created by God and each and everyone has a special purpose for being on planet earth! Yes, there will come a time when remembrance of the Creator will be your means of escape from the vices of evil!

But parents must realize that a child is God’s gift and one of the key instructions of how to appreciate the gift, is for you to invest in personal, moral, social and spiritual training of that child. “Train up a child in the way they should go, so when they are old they will not depart from their training.” Sadly to say, in many cases, there is no training but all the emphasis is placed on graduation sans training!

Thanks be to God for the extended family who knows, through experience, that to know God from being a youth is the chart for successful and spiritually rewarding living. Yes, youth is like sunrise, it doesn’t last very long! You have nothing to lose, but everything to gain!

Today, I salute Reuben and Florence for the training they gave me. It has been my guide through thick and thin.

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