Giving Children What They Need
Post # 980
Self-respect cannot be hunted. It cannot be purchased. It is never for sale. It cannot be fabricated out of public relations. It comes to us when we are alone, in quiet moments, in quiet places, when we suddenly realize that, knowing the good, we have done it; knowing the beautiful, we have served it; knowing the truth we have spoken it.
While I can remember with absolute clarity what motivated so many of the “Thoughts” I’ve written throughout the years, this is one I can not. And when you really think about it, that is a very sad commentary on the degree of moral decay that is to be found in our world these days. You see, electing to turn our back on those who are struggling with learning to like themselves, is pervasive in our society. And while this should be unacceptable to those whose faith should teach the importance of understanding the value of each and every child of God, all too often, it is our upstanding, church-going, Bible toting family members, friends and acquaintances, who are often guilty of failing to take appropriate measures to protect those most vulnerable! So while I can not recall if a particular incident of bullying prompted my words, it really doesn’t matter, does it? What matters is that we begin now……right this very second, to guarantee that we will never stand idly by when a brother, sister, friend or even a total stranger, is being victimized!
Thought For The Day 06/28/12
I had heard a story a number of years ago that I remember fondly calling “Daddy’s Princess”. Now I don’t know that this was the title but I do know that the sentiments were identical to a post I read in Godvine just a few days ago. Both stories were about self-esteem and inner beauty and equipping children (especially little girls) with the tools they need to see themselves as important and worthy and deserving of respect and love. And with the incidence of bullying in our communities seemingly on the rise, making sure no child (or adult, for that matter) thinks themselves undeserving or unworthy must be a huge priority for us as a society! Parents, schools, community groups and religious organizations must all join together in sharing a message that EVERYONE is deserving of experiencing all the happiness that is possible to feel. And if we can make just one person see themselves in a more positive light, we have taken one step forward in keeping that person from becoming a victim at the hands of another!
To Be Enormously Gorgeous
May 23rd, 2012
My dad says I am enormously gorgeous. I wonder if I really am.
To be enormously gorgeous… Sarah says you need to have beautiful long, curly hair like she has.
To be enormously gorgeous… Justin says you must have perfectly straight white teeth like he has.
To be enormously gorgeous… Jessica says you can’t have any of those little brown dots on your face called freckles.
To be enormously gorgeous… Mark says you have to be the smartest kid in the seventh-grade class.
To be enormously gorgeous… Stephen says you have to be able to tell the funniest jokes in the school.
To be enormously gorgeous… Lauren says you need to live in the nicest neighborhood in town and in the prettiest house.
To be enormously gorgeous… Matthew says you can only wear the coolest clothes and the most popular shoes.
To be enormously gorgeous… Samantha says you need to come from a perfect family.
But every night at bedtime my dad gives me a big hug and says, “You are enormously gorgeous, and I love you.”
My dad must know something my friends don’t.
This is a wonderful story with an important message both for children and their parents. In a world that can lack love and acceptance, it is so vitally important that we give our children not only what they need but what they deserve, as well. If you ever wondered for a single moment the importance of positive parenting, then look no farther than the words you have just read. After all, we as families control so much of the direction our young people will travel.
As parents, if you reinforce the importance of education, you will likely be blessed with children who thirst for knowledge. As parents, if you reinforce the importance of including God in your life, you will likely to be blessed with children that have faith and choose a pathway for living that includes a moral compass that points to Him and His laws for making right choices. As parents, if you reinforce the importance of taking care of our world, you will likely be blessed by witnessing a generation of children equipped with the understanding that we each have the capability of making a difference in not just the lives of people but all of the gifts of nature God has given to man. As parents, if you have taught your children the definition of worth by both what you say as well as how you live, you will likely be blessed by bearing witness to future generations that know they are worthy!
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4: 8-9 ESV
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