Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Pain of Parenthood

Raising children in these days is a battle of constant vigil. Taking the eye off the ball, even for a short time, can lead to terrible unexpected consequences. As Billy Ray Cyrus, father of teen sensation Miley, recently admitted.

[Cyrus] told the magazine that he is scared for his daughter and compared her current path to those of other stars whose lives ended tragically, including Kurt Cobain, Anna Nicole Smith and Michael Jackson.

He said his entire family was baptised before leaving Tennessee for Los Angeles to protect themselves from evil, and he believes Satan is attacking his family.

"It's the way it is," Cyrus said. "There has always been a battle between good and evil. Always will be. You think, 'This is a chance to make family entertainment, bring families together ... and look what it's turned into."

Dreams of fame, success, and happiness are so often crushed under the wheels of worldly temptation. We can try, but we may not be able to avoid the efforts of Satan. But we have a promise of recovery from the fall, if we practice the words of the Good Book.

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 NIV

There it is. If we spend some portion of our parenting time sharing God's Word with our children, in both formal and informal moments, and not just spending it all chasing fleeting pleasures, then our love for our children will be blessed.

Please pray for the Cyrus family, and then pray for the family that the Lord lays on your heart.

1 comment:

  1. I will pray for the Cyrus family and have already prayed for your family this morning! Love you! Mom