I am always thinking and trying to find the life lessons God shows us out of our daily lives. Some times I can see those lessons from a mile away; but at times they are pointed out to me by a friend, a child and some times by my own wife who looks at me like: “You idiot that is what I was trying to tell you last week.” She does not actually call me idiot out of her great respect and admiration for me… but you can tell she is thinking alone those lines. Well, moving on! Proverbs 22:6 tells us,
“Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” NKJV
What an amazing proverb this is for us parents! When I see the start of this verse “Train Up” It reminds me that every responsible parent desire for his/her children to be the best they can be in life. We don’t train them to be less, we train them to be higher…we train them up, not down.
Then this verse tells us, “…in the way he should go.” It reminds me that not all of our children are the same. Even as we have general rules that applied to all of us; each person has his own identity, purpose and destiny in life. As parents we must connect our children to their identity, purpose and destiny. What a job that is!
The verse closes by giving us great hope, ”…And when he is old he will not depart from it.” It may not look like much now; but with time, as they mature, they will get it.
Today as I saw my son Angelo getting ready for his second interview in this particular job he is trying to get, a thought crossed my mind.
I believe that the basic of the basic of the basic responsibility of a parent is to make sure that his/her child is ready for employment by the time he/she turns eighteen. Now, I know, I know; some of you guys started working as soon as your mother stopped breastfeeding you, but that is not the case for the majority of homes in America. A great number of parents today are not teaching their kids how to make a living.
With the crisis of fathers, many nowhere to be found, and mothers working challenging jobs and many even working two jobs to provide for their children, our kids are not receiving the proper training they need to succeed in life.
We are raising a generation of young people that is idolizing the Ghetto mentality they see on TV, popular movies and video games. Now, I worked with many people in the Ghetto that were working very hard to get out of there, but for those who want to make a career out of living out of their babies so they can get help from the government and, on top of that, my Verbal and Written English is better than them… oh that is what we call ghetto! They are loud and they are ignorant! And please don’t let me start with the Country-Ghetto folks!
If our children are not ready to do a decent interview; if they don’t know how to dress up, how to be properly groomed, how to clearly express themselves, how to give a good first impression etc. then, one of three things happened:
They did not listen to you growing up as they rebelled against your teachings.
You did not take the time to teach them even as they wanted to learn. Perhaps you were too busy working. Or…
A combination of both
The blessing of my son Angelo was that he applied for a particular job on this particular place. They interviewed him the first time a couple of weeks ago. However, they call him for a second interview because they saw that he was qualified for a greater position.
My son Angelo getting ready for his interview
I don’t say this because he is my son, but I know they will be lucky to have him working there. You know how I know this? Because Angelo has been working for me since he was six years old when we ran a summer camp together in Jacksonville, Florida. Up until a month ago he faithfully worked for me. I know Angelo will get the job. Now I can say: One down, five more to go! Please pray for me!
Note: Just a few seconds after I posted this article my son came back and gave the good news that he was hired…Praise the Lord!