Parenting in Dark Times

When I saw this post on Facebook last week, I was absolutely devastated. A wave of emotion took over and I started crying. Why? Because I could see myself in this mom. Because frankly, I worry about the world I’ve brought my son into.

We’re living in dark times. There’s no way around it. The world is getting scarier and scarier. No area is safe anymore – not a movie theater, not a mall and certainly not our children’s schools. As parents we have an innate desire to protect our children from evil. It’s scary to think we’re not able to protect them from what the world has become.

It’s easy to let fear take over, isn’t it? To want to run and hide and lock away our kids forever. Sometimes we even question whether it was smart to bring kids into this world. We want them to grow up in the same world we did – not the evil, messed up one we’re living in now.

So what’s a parent to do? How do we handle this world we’re living in, where mass shootings are becoming habitual? Where no one is truly “safe”?

We have to make a choice. We have to choose not to live in fear. We have to choose to raise our kids in the light, not the darkness. To raise them with morals and teach them wrong from right. We have to invest time in our families and in showering our kids with love and teaching them to respect others.

We have to pray. We have to pray that our kids will remember the lessons we teach them when they’re older. We have to pray that they in turn will teach their children those lessons too.

We have a big responsibility as parents. It can be overwhelming at times. But no matter how bad the world gets, we are doing the most important job of all: raising the future generation. We may not have control over what happens in the world, but we do have control over what happens in our homes. And darn it if I’m not going to do the best job I can to raise a godly, loving, respectful man. A man that I can be proud of.

I’m making a choice. I’m choosing not to live in fear. I’m choosing to live a life of love. To love God, to love my family, to love my friends. To show as many people that love as I possibly can. To live each moment as if it were my last. To be content with what God has given me. Because those are all things I want my son to learn. And I know he’s watching.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9.

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