That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, – Titus 2:4
Original Blog Post April 23, 2016
I don’t know about you but I have began to hate watching the news. So many sad stories, murders, gang violence, school shootings,kidnappings and horrific things happening everywhere. Even our little country town makes it on the news, not because of good things, but because of some of the horrible things going on. It can make a person paranoid to leave the house. It can make you untrusting and suspicious of everyone you meet.
The stories that bother me the most are the ones that involve the innocent children, the helpless babies, yeah, maybe because I have so many little ones around me. It lays a heavy burden on my heart for those affected. Not always but too often we hear about drugs being involved or that CPS had been involved with the family prior to the tragedy. The neighbors will be on TV speaking about their worst fears coming true. Often these things are happening to young mothers. Mothers who may seem to be irresponsible, neglectful, and selfish. Why? Why are there so many of these tragedies? Why did no one see the danger? Why was no one there to help?
Too often these mothers never had a good role model to look up to when they were growing up. They are just doing as they have learned by previous generations. Maybe they were overwhelmed by the stress of life and they turned to drugs alcohol. Maybe they were lonely and needed a friend and the only ones they could find were not really the ones they should be around. Often rejection and loneliness leads to poor decisions. Such decisions as leaving your most precious gifts with someone who is really a stranger. Yes, maybe he fills an empty spot in your life. Maybe he treats you like a princess. Maybe he is really good to your kids when you are around. If you don’t really know that person and you don’t know how they handle stress then don’t leave your kids with them.
We need more older mommas helping the younger mommas. More older women in the church reaching out to those who may not even know they need help. The younger women need someone to turn to, someone to go to when they need help. Sadly though they usually don’t ask for help until its too late. So many things could be avoided if we just followed the words that God has written for us in Titus. He tells us that the older women can teach the younger women. I know I fail at this myself. I don’t feel as though I am a good role model for others at times. I try not to judge because I don’t know the whole story. But how many more times will we need to hear, “I didn’t know yesterday would be the last day I got to hold my daughter and tell her how much I loved her?’.
It’s so sad. Again these are just a few thoughts I had running through my head. I don’t know the answer but maybe if we all work together we can find an answer together.