They kept themselves pure.
There is no question that God intends for parents to raise children that are “self-controlled and pure” (Titus 2:5). But in an age where “safe sex” is preached with evangelistic fervor by the entertainment industry, the media, and even some leaders in government, we must do everything in our power to counteract these negative influences. The stakes are too high to do otherwise.
Here’s one idea you might try. Years ago, when our daughter, Danae, was a preteen, we presented her with a small gold key. It was attached to a chain worn around her neck and represented the key to her heart. She made a vow then to give that key to one man only—the one who would share her love through the remainder of her life. In a similar way, you could present a special ring to your son. These symbols provide tangible reminders of the lasting, precious gifts of abstinence until marriage and fidelity to a mate for life.
You may think of other ways to encourage your kids to live pure lives. Whatever you choose, we recommend that you act today. In our immoral society, an adolescent who receives the active support of his or her family is much more likely to succeed in living a moral life.
Before you say good night…
- How are your kids doing in resisting the immoral messages in our culture?
- What new ideas could you implement this week to counteract those messages?
Lord, help us to open our eyes to the struggles our children face, and then to find new and creative ways to help them stay pure. We pray tonight that You will grant them pure hearts and minds, protecting them from every immoral influence. Amen.
This devotional is taken from Night Light for Parents. Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission.