Let’s save our treasures

Mother’s Day is just behind us, Father’s Day is upon us, and students are graduating from high school and college. And we again have had a tragedy with a school shooting.

People are looking for answers, how do we protect our children? There are lots of suggestions out there, a great majority of them are to get rid of guns. Then what? There are lots of other methods as we have seen. If they have no guns, they will use knives, vans, bombs, poisons, etc. The list goes on and on.

We’d like to make a few suggestions: Let’s put God and the Ten Commandments back in our lives. Start teaching loyalty and respect for all life. Take our children to church, pray with them, eat meals with them, have conversations with them, play with them, teach them the value of working together as a family, give them responsibilities, set a good example. Don’t expect the schools, the government or society to raise our children. We are the parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. We need to step up to the plate and take that responsibility seriously, and not look to others to do it for us.

We have heard it over and over, how schools aren’t teaching morality anymore, or the kids of today don’t have any respect for themselves, their peers, those in authority or, for that matter, their parents. We must start being responsible, get involved with our child/children, find out what is happening with and to them at school and at play.

We are to blame, we didn’t step in when we needed to, we allowed society to take prayer and patriotism out of our schools and clubs. So we’re the ones who have to take them back, because we sat back and let this happen. The responsibility to teach our children is in our hands, and it won’t be easy to take back the principles that we value, but we have to start now. We don’t have to be afraid, we are the ones paying the authorities, so they are employed by us, not the other way around. The greatest resource of the human race is the next generation, so we must take responsibility for that great treasure!

We’ve tried the political correctness route, and that just seems to be making more of a mess. So maybe it is time to be a little more old fashioned and try going back to times where we knew those relatives whom we now look up on family tree sites, go to church as a family, pray as a family, get off of the electronic devices and get involved. We don’t all have to agree with each other all the time, but we don’t have to be disrespectful and hateful when someone else has a different viewpoint than ours. Start teaching our children to be kind and loving, not bullies, and to follow God’s laws. This will not solve all our problems or get rid of all the evil in the world. The world will not be perfect, because this is not utopia. But, wow, wouldn’t it be refreshing to have a lot less to worry about when we send our children out into the world on their own because we have given them some skills and values to live by?

God bless,

Fred and Kay Zirger,

Tiffin

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