To the Editor:
Family - the first institution that God created on Earth. God did this knowing man had the need to be loved, confirmed, and a feeling of belonging. The family, since the beginning of time, has been there for one another, loving, cherishing, and fulfilling all the needs that one might have.
Families used to work together on family farms. Families stayed together. Mothers and fathers found ways to work out their differences for the sake of the family. Families would eat together around the dinner table. Families enjoyed entertainment together. Everything was done by the family for the family.
In recent decades, there has been an attack on the family. Everyone is going a hundred miles an hours in a thousand different directions. Sally has soccer and dance practice. Johnny has a baseball game. Dad is playing softball. Mom has Zumba. Both parents are working outside of the home trying to “keep up with the Jones.” They drive through McDonalds because they don’t have time to sit down even for a minute because it’s rush, rush, rush.
I don’t blame moms and dads so much as I do society. There seems to be a demand on parents to have their kids in everything. Don’t get me wrong, I believe in sports and extracurricular activities, especially when the coach/leader focuses on building character, and team work and who’s only focus isn’t winning so they can build their ego.
But at what cost do we do this? The cost is our children. When was the last time everyone was together and talking instead of looking at a cell phone screen. Everyone from the littlest to the oldest is always looking into some kind of screen instead of the eyes of one another.
This week I challenge everyone reading this to take some time. Slow down. Enjoy those who God has placed in your life. Your Facebook status can wait. Your child is waiting for you.
If you would like to join us in our stand for Family Values, please join us at the next Adams County for Christian Values Meeting, Monday, Sept. 2, 7 p.m. at the Adams County Christian School.