There is an epidemic in our community. In our state. In our country. In our world.
As Christians, there are several different topics you might think I’m referring to. But this one hits home most to me, because I see the effects of it every single day. Our children aren’t being parented at home. And maybe their parents weren’t parented growing up, so they don’t know how. Maybe life has touched them, damaged them, in a way that they aren’t capable of functioning as a parent. But the effects in today’s society are prevalent.
Not just prevalent. They are overwhelming.
And these effects are seen in both girls and boys. But, to me, it hits home the most with these boys.
At first glance, even the second, and often the third, these boys come across as with a bad attitude, foul-mouthed, angry, stubborn, disruptive and a menace to society. And honestly, that isn’t wrong. Because they are boys with bad attitudes, foul-mouthed, angry, stubborn, disruptive, and menaces to society. Because they have never been taught anything else.
And far too often, these boys are written off as no-good failures at life.
And my heart is broken.
My heart is broken, because sometimes, not all, but sometimes, when you take the time to dig deeper, and really get to know these boys, what you see on the surface is far from the entire picture. Some of these boys have huge hearts, and brilliant minds. But these big hearts and brilliant minds have been beaten down by the hand that life has dealt them.
I know, even though I always have hope, that not every single one of them can be saved. But I pray that we can reach as many as possible.
And I, as a woman, can love on these boys like a mama bear. And I do, oh I do. But that isn’t enough. These boys need a man to stand up in their life. Stand up, and show them what it truly means to be a good man.
But how do we make that happen?
As a society, we can do better. We must do better.
Life has handed them a bad start. But that doesn’t mean they have to be stuck there.