The opposite of this statement is also true; good habits are hard to break. Parents try hard to encourage as many good practices as possible in the lives of their children. Often children resist the constant reminders because the repetitious commands are annoying to them.
Life demands that we learn the important stuff early and make the necessary adjustments in order to have a happy existence. However, many are living with great regret because they failed to pay attention to what was important and they spent far too much time engaging in things that would almost be impossible to let go of.
King Solomon, who was the wisest man on earth, gave so many admonitions and warnings in the book of Proverbs. He begins the book by addressing his son. Solomon tried to instill good and godly behavior in his son from his youth. Solomon addressed everything from relationships, male to female, righteous behavior and its benefits, cosigning for friends, and he even described in detail seven types of women.
Parents have the awesome responsibility to teach their children not only about godly living, but about life issues in general. Proverbs mentions that children for the most part don’t listen to the instruction they’re given, but when they get older and get a taste of real life, by getting kicked around, or they reap the consequences of their actions, they would then turn to God for help. The probability is that all the godly training and admonition would resound in their ears and get a hold of their hearts.
I would like to talk a bit about how one spends their youth. The bible mentions in Ecclesiastes 12:1 to, “Remember now thy creator in the days of your youth before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say, “I have no pleasure in them.” I can remember hearing that verse mentioned so often in Sunday school. It wasn’t until I became someone’s mother that I understood the magnitude of that scripture.
It has been said that youth is wasted on the young. I partly believe that because young people think they have all the time in the world and maybe later they will seek God. They never consider that they might not live that long, or even be in a position to make choices for right living.
I have observed those who lived a riotous life in their youth and after being spent in the world they turned to God. Praise the Lord, but I have also seen the incredible struggle they had while trying to walk with God. One would figure that desire for Christ should be enough, but it isn’t. Years of bad habits were practiced with unrestrained flesh and that does not simply go away now that one has decided to follow Jesus. There were some who were battling addictions such as: drug and alcohol, sexual addictions, laziness, irresponsibility issues, and more. Even though their heart was now right with God, they struggled to get through the day with basic spiritual tasks.
Bad habits are so very hard to break. The longer we practice them, the more difficult it is to stop doing them. I have heard far too many stories of regret, pain, and should haves. I felt every bit of the person’s pain and anguish for the consequences of the sins of the past.
God never wanted His children to struggle in having a relationship with Him. Solomon warned his son regarding these things.
As a parent you may be saying, “I’m doing the best I can. I can’t make my children ultimately obey God. I have a wayward child that just wants his or her own way.” Yes, I understand and you are right. What I have found to be the key is this thing called ‘Prayer’. Prayer is the key that truly unlocks the door. The longer one stays away from the Lord, the more consequences they will have to pay. God never removes the consequences, but when parents storm the throne of grace where help can be found for their loved one, God really comes in with help. When that erring child returns with all the grave clothes hanging off, God in His mercy and grace helps them to relinquish many of those bad habits that could hinder spiritual progress.
Pray earnestly for your children from the time they are in the womb right on into adulthood till the day you die. Never cease to cover them with prayer. Mothers, you know your children and each one’s weaknesses and frailties. You know how your children think and the potential there is for certain behaviors. Pray, pray, and pray some more!
God is faithful! God is kind, and He never breaks His promises to us. He is our helper. We are in a dispensation and time where Satan is killing off our youth one after the other using various means. He even talks them into taking their own lives. Time is running out and the devil knows it. He is on the war path like never before. To all the grandmothers out there, you have the awesome duty to pray for your granchildren. They are targets for Satan and he has plans for them. Pray, pray, and pray some more! Trust God to honor those prayers and to answer them even if you don’t live to see it come to pass!
About The Author
Patricia Stuart is an Author and Visual Artist whose ministry work involves conference speaking, and ministering to women. Her books speak to those who have experienced trials and afflictions and female relationship struggles. She also shares the many challenges in being a parent.
Patricia serves in her local church by way of music ministry and women’s ministry work. Her books can be found on Amazon as well as her website.