I was listening to the radio this morning.
Yes, I love talk radio while I do morning chores.
They were talking about children and how much they cost today. They talked about nannies, schools, after school care, extra curricular activities including all the sports and personal coaching/training, ect.
It got me thinking.
Who is raising the children?
This morning, I was reading the story of the Samaritan woman. Or also known as the Woman at the well. No, it has nothing to do with raising children. (Or does it? Who raised her?) Anyway, it did get me talking to my son about how a whole lot of people in a town, albiet, small, followed HIM at her excitement and enthusiasm. And her willingness to go and tell to get the ball rolling.
We discussed it along the way.
And then I got to thinking again, about the talk show personality, and how he had people call in about how much they are spendingon all those things. Not once did it occur to him to ask, what is wrong with this picture??!!??! Who is raising our children?
I am not saying that extra curicular activities are wrong, unless of course they over take your life.
But, I know this is not politically correct, how many hours are our children spending with someone else training them? Training their thoughts? Training their worldview? Implementing their moral compass?
Please know that our chidlren are not locked up in our homes. Yes, we find people to help raise and disciple along with us.
And please do not assume that children that are trained by their parents are perfect or make right choices all the time.
But how tragic that we so willingly give up our children to others for such a long time, so many hours of the day...and what is the final outcome? What is the goal?
I have heard the financial needs. I get it. There have been many times that we have struggled to put food on the table/ pay our bills because we are a one income family. I have begged my husband to let me help him take some of the burden off of him. He has always stated..."Not at the sacrifice of the children."
We can sacrifice in other areas, and trust me. We do.
But in the end...when we face GOD HIMSELF, we will face our mistakes in raising them. But by HIS grace, we tried to raise them for HIS glory. It was HIS word to us we tried to obey. It was HIS command we sacrificed for; and in our weakness, our prayer is that HE would be strong.
Who is rasing the children?