In a classic Roman tale, Jason leads a ship of guys in a quest for the golden fleece. As all great stories go, there are quite a few adventures, battles and catastrophes along the way. At one particular point in his journey at sea, Jason is about to encounter the Sirens. Homer’s epic poem described the Sirens as ladies living on 3 tiny islands who have the potential to sing wonderful songs which entice sailors to head toward the Sirens’ Island, wherupon they crash their ships on the shore and meet death and destruction.
Jason fears getting lured to the Island, so he suggests that a person tie the sailors to the bow of the ship and not let them head toward the Island no matter what. He believes the ropes could avert him from responding to the alluring contact of the Sirens.
An individual suggests that as an alternative, Jason should really seek the assistance of Orpheus, a poet and singer. Orpheus had the potential to play extra wonderful songs, extra loudly than the Sirens, proficiently drowning out the Sirens’ bewitching songs so the ship could pass by safely.
Even though speaking to dear good friends not too long ago, they reminded me of this story. It appears to me to be a paradigm of what we want to think about ourselves as performing for our young children. When they are young, we not only create foundations of beauty and truth and enjoy and goodness, but we also saturate them with the celebration of life and the joy of Christ in our properties, so they will normally think about our house the most comforting, wonderful, peaceful spot to be–the spot of the most wonderful songs.
I have had quite a few ladies say to me, “Why do you go to so considerably work to retain traditions, cook genuine meals, and celebrate life with your young children? It feels to me like one thing extra I have to do, and my plate is currently complete!”
It is uncomplicated adequate to maintain your young children “on your group” when they are young and smaller sized than you, devoid of concepts of their personal. On the other hand, it is not such a straightforward job when our young children attain the teen years.
In this culture, at this time in history, there are quite a few voices crying out to our teens. Media of all sorts brings entertainment each great and undesirable suitable to their fingertips. Peer stress impacts all of us. There is a point when all young children have to develop up and personal their personal ideals, and most moms of young young children assume their teenagers will enjoy them and continue to submit to them, just as they do when they are tiny.
But in this planet, at this time, the Sirens sing an alluring song. It is ours to figure out how to sing a extra wonderful one particular.
Scripture addresses this for teens in Proverbs, which Solomon wrote for his personal son when he was a youth. Proverbs 9: 13-18 depicts this voice of foolishness and destruction. Her name is Folly, and she is calling out to these who are passing by, “who are producing their paths straight.” She desires to bring these, our young children–whose lives we have sought to place on the “path of life” for our Lord Jesus—to destruction. She calls out to them, spouting lies, deception, and promises of enjoy and fulfillment by means of the world’s techniques.
Solomon also tells us of the other voice that is crying out: that of Wisdom. In Proverbs 9, we see that she sets her tables, she cooks her meals, and fills her personal house with the atmosphere exactly where enjoy has ready a meal.
Wisdom then calls out to the sons of guys and invites them to her house, exactly where she has good meals, beauty, music, and so forth. and says, “Come into my home and study from me.” She is there to contact these youth to excellence, beauty, and truth, to assistance them safely go by means of the passage of teenage years unscathed. She sings a wonderful song!
And so, as we reflect the image of God by means of our lives in our properties, it is a necessity of our spiritual warfare that we give and cultivate havens of comfort, a shelter in the storms of life, filled with wisdom, enjoy, pleasure, and deep satisfaction in an atmosphere of displaying God’s reality by means of it all. God is a inventive artist. In His image, we develop by means of the art of life, and so sing a wonderful song that will prayerfully be louder to our children’s souls than that of culture.