How can we as adults expect children to act right when we don’t carry ourselves right half as much of the time? I mean, we expect them to be respectable citizens when 90% of the time we curse more than we breathe. You tell them to have respect for their elders but then you turn right around and disrespect your mother or father. You tell them to respect themselves and then you disrespect yourself by posting something foolish on social media. Aren’t they following you? How can you expect them to learn from anybody but you? You expect the young men to have role models in sports players when most of them are being blasted on ESPN for being abusive husbands and no one is taking the time to find out where the abusive tendencies are coming from. You want your young women to look up to the “Beyoncé” when she could care less about how your daughter is being raised. Why don’t you turn down some of these talk shows you’re listening too and turn the pages of the bible because baby when I tell you the struggle in these streets are getting real … it’s an understatement! We are in a war in the middle of our streets and we are losing our children and if we don’t do something about it NOW we won’t have a generation to pass the torch too.
It’s sad that grandma’s recipes can’t be passed down anymore because momma don’t have the patience to teach their daughters so she’ll just buy dinner so that means girls can’t even cook now. Daddy is no longer teaching his son how to cut the grass anymore because he doesn’t have the patience so he’d rather pay somebody. What in the hell is going on? Church services are getting scarce yet the clubs are packed and not just on the weekends because the weekdays are now full. We don’t even worship together anymore because excuses have taken the place of where God once resided. Y’all my heart is aching for the state of our children because our cemeteries and our jails are overcrowded with them and that’s a problem. Parents shouldn’t be burying children and pastors shouldn’t be eulogizing children they don’t know! We’ve got to get it together. Every moment there is something happening or someone dying; it could be you or me next or worse, one of our children, will you be ready? Will your affairs be in order? Will you have done everything that you would have needed to do? Would God be pleased with you? Will your ticket be stamped? These children need God, prayer, training, love, guidance, a safe place, someone they can count on, someone to talk too, arms to hug them and at the end of it all; God! For the bible says in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” We are responsible for these children and it is our duty to see to them. We’ve got to take back our children and it starts with us. We can do this. I know we can. If grandma, granddaddy, momma, uncles, church folk and teachers did it for us then surely we can do it for them! It takes a village and we can do it! I am standing believing it so!