I do not have a child yet but I remember how my parents raised me up. I love my parents for the very very things I hated them when I was growing up. I am glad that they did not let me have my way when I was young. I thank them for training and for correcting me. I thank them for saying “no” more often than they said “yes” to the things I wanted. I thank them for being strict. I thank them for the way they behaved themselves and how they treated others within the society. I did not just watch them but I imitated them. I paid more attention to what they did than what they said. It was easy to remember what I saw them doing than what they said I was supposed to do. I thank my father for taking full responsibility for all our financial needs. That is something that I am imitating today.
I am also grateful for the opportunity to go to church at a tender age of thirteen. I am grateful that even at church we were allowed to sit in the pews at the same time with the adults and listen to the gospel. I am glad that I had an opportunity to listen to the gospel that was being preached even to the adults and not the stories that most people read to children which to them sound like fairy tales. I gave my life to Jesus at the age of thirteen because of being involved with the adults and being allowed to listen to the gospel as it is. I was made to understand at a tender age the seriousness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I became so much afraid of sinning that even when the devil presented me with an opportunity to sleep with a girl I said no. I started at a tender age of thirteen to make decisions to stay away from all sorts of bad things for the fear of disappointing God and also for the fear of going to hell.
I am not perfect but I am grateful to God for the way I was raised. What seemed unfair or like abuse was in actual fact all working for my good. I am thankful that I was told about the enemy at a tender age and also equipped with the sword to fight the enemy. I am glad I was not treated like a child. I was told that there is a real enemy waiting to destroy my life and I was given a weapon (The Word of God ). A weapon that knows no age. When the devil came to my life to present beer, drugs, cigarettes and opportunities for sex he didn’t wait until I became an adult but he came when I was still a child. The devil used to sneak when my parents or teachers where not around but I had Jesus, the Word of God plus, the the fear of disappointing God….not only that, I was also afraid of going to hell because I had been told already that I would go there if I do something that does not please God. So I turned down the devil.
I hope that by sharing my story I am going to help a parent out there. A parent who wants her child to walk with Jesus and overcome the enemy. Many people today are blaming teachers and the devil for the things that they are actually responsible for. Some parents blame peer pressure. That is wrong. If children are taught about Jesus and trained well they can resist peer pressure. Just stop treating them like children when it comes to the Word of God and training. Children are in a better position to believe when the gospel is being preached than adults.
Please read the scriptures below. They save as confirmation of what I have just said.
Proverbs 22, 6: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Bible (KJV)
Hebrews 12, 11: Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Bible (KJV)