Enroute to the train station, I passed by a multi-purpose void deck. Two boys were kicking their football around the area, bouncing off the walls and leaving ball marks on them. The irony was great when the ball hit a sign on the pillar. It was a sign to indicate prohibition of ball games in the area. It is sad to see people disregard official prohibition signs – ‘No parking’, ‘No smoking’ etc. In the case of these two boys, I also put the blame on the lack of teaching and disciplining by the parents. As a Chinese saying goes, “子不教父之过,” meaning it is the fault of the parents if they do not discipline their children.
I know that many will say that many parents tried to teach their children. I do not doubt that. However, what are the areas that we major in teaching them? Most likely, the academic subjects in schools are given top priority. The teaching of morals, not so much. Teaching them to revere God, least importance. (I know not all are like that. There are some who do well in the moral and spiritual. Sadly, they are the minority.) To tell you the truth, that is putting the cart before the horse. If the main teachers of your children are social media, Tik Tok, YouTube and others, then the best of luck to you if they ever do well in the various aspects of life. The time taken away from their day to invest in what’s important outweighs the time left for meaningful work. (By the way, it applies to adults too.)
I know I am a lone voice crying out in the wilderness. But ask yourself if it is true. If it is not, disregard all these as noises in the wind. If it is, then what are you going to do about it?
Brothers and sisters, our young are our assets in the future. They need to have good role models and good timely teaching. Do not leave their education, in all aspects of life, to others. Take it upon yourself. Be the voice they listen to. Be the example that they will follow. Let them imitate you as you imitate Christ.
In Christ’s service,