My daughter is leaving soon for an out of town tournament with her volleyball team. The original plan was that I would travel with her, however, the dates did not work out for me to go this time. My husband and I checked all of the necessary information; where they are staying, phone numbers, addresses, adults going, etc. We have prayed many times over her safety and will until she is home again.
Another area that we are praying with her and for her is integrity. While she plays volleyball with a Christian school, that does not always mean all of the school children are Christians. Today's teenagers are into so many things that are considered acceptable, however they are not acceptable. They can lead our children down a dangerous path, a path that leads away from Christ. We have taught our daughter and trust her. We trust the Holy Spirit to be with her and guide her.
Train up a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not depart from it.
Are we teaching our children about integrity? Are we teaching them how to walk away from the crowd when things going on are not pleasing to God? Are we teaching them to live for God even if they are the only one? Yesterday was See You At The Pole, a day when Christian students, teachers and parents meet around the school flag pool and pray over the school, teachers, and country. There was a picture going around Facebook, posted by a parent I am assuming. This picture was of a young man, possibly junior high age, that was the only one in his school to show up at SYATP. This young man was on his knees in prayer, by himself. That picture touched me. This young man stood when no one else would. He made a stand. I am not his parent, nor do I know him, but I am so proud of him. I imagine his parents are as well.
We need to teach our children, not only with our words but also with our actions, how to live a life for Christ. If we teach them, when times come where they are away from us or when they are faced with standing for Christ even when no one else will, they will make the right choice. Let's commit to leaving our children with a legacy of integrity.