I thought this picture was perfect for this post. LOL! "Influence: It Makes People Do Stuff!" Think about it. Is that NOT the truest of true, concerning "influence"??
This is what hit my brain this morning, as I prepared my heart and mind for work, as I pondered the lives and futures of our children, and as I thought about what it is to be a good father: "Nothing was EVER able to out-influence our parents when we were growing up!" I look at kids today and how EASILY they are influenced by music, television, social media, etc. They actually see reality where we saw fantasy, make-believe, and straight bull as kids. For us, it had EVERYTHING to do with the influence of our parents! We had more time with our parents than we did with sitters, kinfolk, and before/after school care programs. The influence of Winston Sr. and Elaine C. was FAR greater than that of Too Short, NWA, 2-Live Crew, or any other controversial music group, movie, or neighborhood "element".
We were not saints, but our grasp of REALITY and moral aptitude & obligation was CLEAR! Again, this is only because our parents made it a point to pour into us at every opportunity and put us in the environments necessary for such growth to take place. In this day and age, we have got to be extremely vigilant and intentional in teaching our youngans!!
Again, I say, NOTHING WAS EVER ABLE TO OUT-INFLUENCE OUR PARENTS WHEN WE WERE GROWING UP!!" HINT, friggin, HINT!!!!
HAPPY THURSDAY Y'ALL!! I LOVE YOU ALL, EACH AND EVERY ONE!!
P.S. "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." -Proverbs 22:6-
Bryan Hollomon Williams