IT’S NOT ABOUT THE MONEY!
A good friend of mine told me many years ago that “today’s rich kids are tomorrow’s poor people.” My friend was talking strictly about money at the time, but I would say that a similar truth holds for the non-monetary aspects of life too.
Today’s kids who do not have healthy relationships with their fathers, or their mothers, or who are not brought up respecting a host of other ideals like truth and the aged will be the poor in spirit once they become adults.
Here are some thought provoking quotes for you to ponder today:
From How to Be a Hero to Your Kids, by Josh McDowell & Dick Day, 1991
“I never once saw my father hug my mother, let alone ever experienced having him hug me. I cannot remember a single time when my father took me somewhere along and spent time with me.” (page 9)
Dobson: “According to my research, when children reach puberty, they need their parents, especially their fathers—just as much if not more than they ever did.” (page 151)
“Love is spelled T-I-M-E.” (Chapter 11)
“One of the greatest builders of security in the lives of children is the love their parents have for each other”. (page 137)
“Try to catch your kids doing something right”. (page 87)
From Wild at Heart, by John Eldredge, 2001
“The recipe for fun is pretty simple raising boys: Add to any activity an element of danger, stir in a little exploration, add a dash of destruction, and you’ve got yourself a winner.” (page 13)
“We often misunderstand that behavior as “adolescent rebellion,” but those are cries for involvement and engagement”. (page 72)
Our society has lost the template for what being a great family is all about. I think it is in this greater context of providing for his own… that God is so out-spoken in the Bible
1 Timothy 5:8 “But if any one does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever.”
Providing goes far beyond simply money. Providing includes the things that money cannot buy.