“From the tribe of Issachar, there were 200 leaders of the tribe with their relatives. All these men understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take.” 1 Chronicles 12:32
We live in a very exciting but dangerous time in history. Technology is exploding and providing us with so many conveniences that were unheard of years ago. Indeed, we have come a long way from the days that I held the rabbit ears different ways for my dad so that the picture on the television would come in properly.
Unfortunately, technology has also brought us some new dangers that we must be aware of. Social media, the Internet, and cell phones have put information and connectivity at our fingertips while at the same time providing snares that could entrap us and our children. Fathers, as leaders of our families, we must ask God to make us like the men mentioned in 1 Chronicles 12:32. It is imperative for our children that we be people who understand the times.
With technology, we must provide safeguards to ensure the protection of our children from enemies unknown. In our homes, we would never go to bed at night and leave our front doors unlocked. Neither should we give our children unfettered access to the Internet, cell phones, and social media. The enemy is looking to destroy our children. King Solomon on his deathbed gave us great advice that speaks to this issue.
Proverbs 4:23 declares: “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” More than anything else, we should guard the hearts of our children, especially in regards to the dangers of technology.
I am afraid that our kids do not realize as they post on social media sites that the internet is permanent and that colleges and future employers are looking. More than that, a lack of accountability in any area will always give the enemy a foothold in our kids’ lives. I know that all of us would do anything to keep a known danger away from our children. We must do the same with unknown dangers that may creep into our lives with technology.
I am not saying that you can keep them away from technology as it is a part of our world. What I am saying is that we must seek God for wisdom in this matter and then set correct parameters. First, ask God to give us wisdom in when and how to allow our kids to have a phone or utilize social media. Next, hold them accountable by providing expectations and inspecting what they do with their phones or on social media. Set the bar high in terms of expectations and make sure that they live up to it in order to keep the privilege.
Once we have done all that we can to provide safeguards for our kids, then we must pray diligently and ask God for His protection on our children. I am convinced that if we follow His truth in protecting our kids we will see God do some great things in their lives. 2 Samuel 22:31 tells us that: “God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.” May God grant us all wisdom as we protect our children!
It is Team Member Tuesday and today we are recognizing Thomas Langley. He has been at MCA for 5 years as the Head Football Coach and Strength & Conditioning teacher. Coach Langley is also an MCA alum from the class of 2003. His favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 1:19: "If you are willing and obedient you will eat from the best of the land." We asked Coach Langley why he likes working at MCA and this is what he said: “I love working with kids and creating a culture for hard work and high character. God has blessed me to be in this situation!” We are so grateful for Coach Langley and all that he does at MCA!
“You must love the Lord your God and always obey his requirements, decrees, regulations, and commands.”
“So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children.”
“Be careful to obey all these commands I am giving you. Show love to the Lord your God by walking in his ways and holding tightly to him.”
“Look, today I am giving you the choice between a blessing and a curse!” Deuteronomy 11:1, 18, 22, 26
As a Christian parent, I am convinced the greatest task I have is that of teaching my kids to love God. We have roughly 6570 days from the time they are born until they graduate high school to accomplish this task. That sounds like a lot but really we need to have this task well underway by age 13 if research is correct. Research tells us that what kids believe by the age of 13 is what they will most often times die believing. Indeed, the clock is ticking if I am to teach my kids to love God. How do we accomplish this task?
The verses above tell me that the process must begin with us as parents. We cannot possibly impart something that we do not possess ourselves. In other words, it is critical that we model for our kids with our lifestyle what it means to love God. What does modeling it look like? Ask yourself the questions below:
· Do my kids see me spending time in God’s Word?
· Do they see me praying or, better yet, do I pray with them?
· Do I prioritize attending church?
· Do they hear me talking about God as part of everyday life?
· Do they know that my relationship with God is the most important thing in my life?
You see I learned a long time ago from my Pastor that my kids will never rise above where I am spiritually. Therefore, the one big essential for teaching our kids to love God is for us to model that lifestyle for them daily. We are not to do it as a pretense but in the reality of who we are in Christ Jesus.
I love Deuteronomy 11:26 where it proclaims: “Look, today I am giving you the choice between a blessing and a curse!” The choice that God is giving us is still the same. If we choose to fall in love with Him, seek Him daily, live in obedience, and teach our children to do the same, then He will bless us just as He promised in Deuteronomy 11.
What greater blessing for us than to see our kids learning to love and follow God throughout their lives!
Today is Team Member Tuesday and we would like to recognize Lynn Laney. She has been at MCA for 14 years and is currently serving as the Lower School Administrative Assistant. Mrs. Laney’s favorite Bible verse is Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” We asked Mrs. Laney why she likes working at MCA and this is what she said:
“I thank the Lord every day for blessing me with the opportunity to work at MCA. Metrolina is not just my job, it is my family who prays for each other and is always there for each other. It is amazing to think that I get to go to work and share my faith in Christ with others, especially the students. I consider them my own children and love them so dearly. I am so thankful to be a part of their lives and watch them grow in Christ. My day would not be complete without all the precious little hugs from my babies!”
We are blessed to have Mrs. Laney at MCA. We love her and are grateful for the impact she makes at MCA every day!
“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19
The past has a way of stealing away our daily focus. The failures and hurts of the past are just hard to put out of our minds at times. Oswald Chambers once said: “Leave the broken, irreversible past in God's hands, and step out into the invincible future with Him.”
Above, Isaiah 43:18-19 clearly instructs to forget about the past and put it behind us. What I love about this passage is that Isaiah goes on to tell us that God is planning to do a new thing in our lives. He says that it is not only about to unfold but also it will be something only God could do. Isaiah tells us that God will make a way where there seems to be no way and provide relief in the middle of a desert time in our lives.
More than anything, Isaiah is reminding us that we must allow God to change our focus from the hurt of the past to the hope of the future. Many times I am afraid we miss out on what God is doing or wanting to do because we are consumed with hurts from the past that cast fear about the future. This fear can keep us from claiming the new thing that God is wanting to do in our lives.
Corrie Ten Boom endured the hurt and devastation of being in a Nazi concentration camp and as a result she could have easily allowed her past to control her future. Instead, her faith and hope in the Lord became her focus for the future. I ran across something she said that convinces me of this truth. She declared: “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
What’s your focus today? I pray that the truth of Isaiah 43:18-19 will be a blessing to you and remind you of the great things that the Lord wants to do in your life.
It is Team Member Tuesday and today we would like to recognize Cathy Price. She has been at MCA for 14 years and is currently serving as a Waddler Teacher. Mrs. Cathy’s favorite Bible verses are Colossians 3:23-24: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” We asked Mrs. Cathy why she loves working at MCA and this is what she said:
“I feel that God led me to Metrolina so I could show and share the love of Jesus. I love that I have the freedom to share my faith and my blessings at work. I want to make an eternal difference in each child’s life in my class. Living for the Lord is exciting and you can have a good time being a Christian and that is what I want our children and families to see and understand. I pray every day that I will be able to plant a good seed in someone’s life!”
Thank you Mrs. Cathy for all you do at MCA. You are truly a blessing and we are so grateful for you!