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Mentors Where Have You Gone?

Posted in Parenting 101 on March 7, 2011 by nmpreach

I have opportunities to interact with younger generations from time to time.  At church, at school events, or just observing from a distant table at a local eatery, I hear and see things that continue to amaze me.  I remember when I was their age thinking, “They’re so out of touch.  They just don’t know reality.”  And I’m reminded that they’re now saying the same thing about me. 

The language these people use I’ve heard before.  After all, I was a police officer.  I’ve been called every name one could imagine.  In other words, I don’t have “virgin ears”.  What amazes me is the language used often isn’t because of anger.  It appears that one gets more points in life for the more “F bombs” he/she can add into a conversation.  If you use a four letter word that begins with “s” and ends with “t”, it’s just another typical day. 

Before you think I’m a little stuffy, let me assure you that’s not the case.  I understand there has always been those who choose to be liberal with their speech.  But has it become more popular?  Does the Freshman in High School try to fit in to the crowd by following the trend?  It seems so.  What is really disheartening is a 7 year-old child using those same words.  The other day, a kid from down the street showed up to play with my son and his friend.  Words were used which caused me to eventually send the kid home.  After doing so, I wondered where he learned those words.  As he was using the middle finger to communicate (on his way home), I’m wondering what his home life is like.

We’re called to mentor those younger than us.  I believe this includes those younger in age and those younger in the faith.  When they’re left to raise themselves, bad things can (and usually do) happen.  1 Peter  5:2 reads, “I exhort the elders among you to tend the flock of God that is in your charge, exercising the oversight, not under compulsion but willingly…”  Verse 5 of the same chapter reads, “You who are younger must accept the authority of the elders.  And all of you must clothe yourselves with humility…”  Peter calls us to mentor and to be mentored.  I’m afraid most mentors have disappeared.  Is your experience any different?