Some of you are way too young to remember the old comedy routine of Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s On First?”
It’s a classic bit of confusion not unlike real life when we get our “game of life” out-of-order. Life is a game with rules and regulations. Our problem is in not “reading the Rule book”. We want to run “home”, or maybe to “2nd” or “3rd” skipping “1st”. You cannot score a run to “Home” without running the bases and you have to start with “1st” base.
In our game of life we tend to run after foul or fly balls; chasing around the infield or outfield and totally disregard “1st” base.
Today you may face some curve balls, knuckle balls or spit balls. You’re going to swing and try to connect. Don’t look at the pitcher, the catcher … run around the infield or chase out into the outfield LOOK to “First Base” and start running. First base is your Lord and Savior. Without First Base there is no game. There is no beginning, and no end. There is no success, no win.
If your life is confusion and mayhem, if you’re playing the game with out the “Rule Book”, His word, then you are going to lose. You are going to be lost, miserable and empty. Get into the Word, check your Guide, and head towards First Base.
Psalm 119:105 NASB “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.”
James 1:5 HCSB “Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him.”
The research is piling up. In an age when we are more technologically advanced than ever before; when technical advantages exist to enhance educating our children at every age level, the children are becoming less educated. A short Bing.com or Google.com of dumbing down in American schools will provide you with books and articles that will shock you when you see what is happening. But, you may already know these facts from shopping. People cannot ring registers, count back change or help you figure pricing on a sale. I have friends that would starve without a microwave or drive through window. They seriously cannot even boil water (Bless Their Hearts – all you Southerners know what that means :-D.) Guys grew up in years gone by tinkering on cars. Other than filling their gas tanks, many cannot take care of their car. Change a flat tire? HOW?
Electronics and time-saving services and devices are not bad in themselves. However, they have slowly taken over and replaced cognitive learning skills and even parenting. Electronics should not be the parents. We have devices for everything from a quick meal, tooth brushing and singing the baby to sleep. There is nothing wrong with any of them until we rely solely on them for raising our children. They couldn’t make something to tie their shoes for us so Velcro was invented. Using these devices are great time savers but what do we do with the time we save?
Children become dependent on electronics from the cradle on. Take back your parenting, take back your children, give them their childhood. Bake with them, draw chalk drawings and hopscotch on the sidewalks. Get them OUTDOORS in un-organized activities … it’s called playing.
REALITY CHECK: How many hours are your children (or you) on iPod’s, cell phones, in front of a computer, a DVD or video game. If your schools are using so many electronic devices that your children cannot read, write, add or spell then it is your responsibility to see they learn. As parents God expects US to teach our children by example as well as teaching them directly. Children are not even learning how to write because of texting and emails. I would have my children practice printing and/or cursive writing. I would have them make flash cards then play games with them. AND I would make sure and take time to teach them the Bible. The Bible says:
Isaiah 54:13 “And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children“.
Are your children being taught “of” the Lord, “by” the Lord and “for” the Lord? The school year has just started. Put into place hands on learning in all subjects including His Word!