Coming to, after years of living the party life opens new realities of the person I was, I became, and now am. It’s hard to look at. Seeing the early years of innocence turn into a long period of self-centeredness may be difficult. What I could have been, should have done, can dominate our thinking to the point we live full of remorse. In recovery from alcoholism and drug use, my eyes have been opened to the fact that no action I performed, good or bad, is wasted if I am bent on using both for serving others. God uses every detail of our lives to His glory through us. This glory He receives graces our lives, for everything we give to Him, He returns to us in untold, innumerable ways.
As a child we see things through rose colored glasses. Mommy and Daddy are the best people in the world. Our view of God is obscure and normally directed by parents, or grandparents views. This may be a shock to you but that strongly affects our future. Parents teaching their children views about God as a storybook, sitting in heaven too busy to answer our small problems, is a major problem. Or the parents may pass their religion that they are faithful to, on to the child. That belief has God waiting to pounce on them the moment they do something sinful, and they will. “You have to walk the walk if you talk the talk,” is how they present God to their children, as though the individual has all to do with their salvation.
The problem here, is that after multiple failures, and asking for forgiveness, and salvation over and over, the young person gives up and considers themselves hell bound. The years of self-service begins. The individual figures, “what’s the use, I can’t live it.” They’re off to the races, living for themselves, along with the multitudes of those who didn’t think God had time for them. Sadly, addiction to drugs, and alcoholism, along with many other character flaws, lie in their path…no one told them the truth. The child becomes a parent, the views of God and religion continue. There are thousands upon thousands of children here in the USA that have never darkened the doors of a church.
What’s the right view?
“He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ becomes a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2Cor.5:15-17 NLT
This may shock you. It is nearly a blessing for some that they get into problems from committing crimes, incarcerated, or sentenced to recovery meetings. That may be their opportunity to hear the gospel, and see that God cares, that He is concerned about every detail in their life. in their desperation they hear the good news about Jesus and His great love for them, and many choose Him. The beauty of this decision is that it brings a new view of self, cleansed from the rags of the past. Having this new understanding of God, that He is love, and that there is someone to answer to when they sin that readily forgives them, without a new babtism, or return to church and performing rituals for forgiveness. Self-discovery follows and becomes the central focus of their recovery as they for the first time see purpose. God used the broken vessel, lovingly putting it back together again.
Don’t fail to give your child the real Jesus based on the Word. If you don’t know Him, ask Him to reveal Himself to you. He will, and you will have eternity with God to pass on to your children. Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.