Monday, March 1, 2010

Hanging on to Innocence

We don't live in the country; we live in a neighborhood.  We don't shop in Mayberry; we shop at Publix and Walmart.  We don't attend a church full of perfect Christians; we are part of a church full of recovering sin addicts (thanks, Pastor, for that perspective).  Our Homeschool group is not full of parents and children who never make a mistake and who are all more righteous than we; it is full of all flavors of Christian Homeschoolers in all kinds of places along the road of their Christian walks. 

But I want to hang on to my daughter's innocence.  And I want to help her be strong against the wiles of sin.  And I want her to minister, and yet not be influenced. 

I realize more and more that to expect my little girl to stay a little girl until she is old enough, to expect her to grow up to live a pure life, is asking her, advising her, begging her to swim upstream.  

This article from Focus on the Family, along with its companion articles, encourages me with good perspective. 

 so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world 

Philippians 2:15

Fall 2009  
Extra credit for identifying the location


Anonymous said...

That's a great article from FOF. Of course, EG is enjoying the rocking chair at Country's BBQ. But, that's cheating; I've been there. PB

Anonymous said...

I tried posting yesterday but clearly it didn't go through.

First, I have no clue where the above picture was taken.

I really like this post. Your thoughts mirror mine. We do try to shield our kids from so much of the evil in the world and from worldly influences. Still, those influences seem to find new ways into our homes despite our intentions. But I agree with the Focus on the Family article (thanks for sharing!) that THIS is the best time to address these topics, while our kids our still in our homes and we are training them.

Debbie @ said...

What a great post...and how appropriate and how true! We are all reminded that we are imperfect but thank God not forgotten! Thanks for coming by my blog, it gave me a chance to come by and visit you!

randi said...

it is such a refreshing thing to realize that life and people are imperfect!

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