Responsible Children

Is that what we have; responsible children? Are we raising our little ones to help, care and support others? Do they know how to do laundry, cook a meal, sweep a floor, or make a bed?

Why not? If we don’t teach them life skills, they become a burden to civilization for the rest of their lives. Oh, they might be out of our life, but they will inflict themselves on an unwitting spouse, work mate or neighbour. 

Believe it or not, I knew someone who expected her children to wash and dress her for an event and only then, were they were allowed to get themselves ready.

A neighbour left her husband’s meal fully prepared and the microwave set. All he had to do was push the button. He starved all day. The button was too much work. And he also made her feel too guilty to ever leave his side again.

One wife refuses to check the family finances because it is ‘man’s work!’ Another ‘can’t fill a vehicle gas tank!’

This is so wrong. We must be responsible for ourselves. Oh, we can dodge responsibilities for a while but eventually we will end up in charge of or liable for someone. Common sense says ‘Be Ready.’

You call out to God for help and he helps—he’s a good Father that way. But don’t forget, he’s also a responsible Father, and won’t let you get by with sloppy living. (1 Peter 1:17, MSG)

This also applies to any spiritual teaching. Surely you want your children to ask Jesus into their lives, don’t you?

Point your kids in the right direction; when they’re old they won’t be lost. (Proverbs 22:6, MSG)

Prayer- Lord, we’ve been slacking off. Give us a boost in the right direction so that our families don’t suffer. Amen.

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