There comes a moment in a father’s life when he has to make a decision.
This decision is not taken lightly and has overall implications for the rest of his child’s life. We do our best to teach them, train them and lead them into adulthood as gracefully as possible. One simple truth remains, though. We can never prepare them 100%
As my son gets closer and closer to 18 years old, I am faced with the question of rather or not, I have provided him with everything he needs to succeed. We men understand the difficulties that life throws at us, and we have seen the collapse of the world around us. This time in our history is a stressful time to be sending our children out into the world.
At a time of uncertainty, hatred, and divide, have I thoroughly prepared him to face this? Have I been what he has needed to be successful?
Have I provided a strong enough foundation for him to stand on when facing those who would oppose him?
I believe that all of you would agree that our young men and young women face something that we never had to face—a world of with a deep divide, of cancel culture, of life-ruining idiots, and cultural uncertainty. A world, unlike the world we faced at 18 years old. I know a 20-year old that has had his life completely put on hold by this same world.
His accused crime? For having his own opinion.
I do not teach my children, and I doubt you teach your children to conform to standards that are not their own. Teaching them not to conform is dangerous today. It goes against the pack mentality that has overtaken our country. He has come to me lately with legitimate fears and concerns about where his life stands in this world.
He sees talk of civil war. He sees his friends have turned against their parents. He has seen good friends change in a matter of months to resemble a brainwashed horde. He has heard people bash beliefs he holds dear, called names, because he wants to attend Bible college. He has lost friends because they no longer value the things that he values.
Quite possibly, it is a good thing that he sees the world’s truth now, while he is still in the embrace and under the protection of his parents. The knowledge that he will have to face this soon. Even does not bring him any comfort.
So, as I have taught my children, He comes to me with these concerns. I honestly don’t have an answer for him half of the time. I have used the words; this is the world we live in now. And when I use those words, I know that I have failed him. As a father, failure is unacceptable.
Still, though, it is something that almost fathers do from time to time. Failure is the key to success. When we fail, all we can do is to take that failure and show our children how to use it for them and not against them.
This world is waiting to eat them alive. It is waiting to brainwash and to control your sons and daughters. It is waiting to indoctrinate them into a pacified mindset when told something willing accepts it. We no longer celebrate freethinkers in the current world; it is a world of conformity and inclusion.
So what is this decision that must make? Is my child ready to face the world? I don’t believe there is ever going to be a correct answer to this.
As a father, I know I have forgotten to tell him something. As a father, I know that I forgot to teach him something. As a father, I know that I won’t know until my child faces it.
Ultimately, the decision is not ours. It is our children’s. We can be there for them when they face something that we forgot to prepare them for in this world. As much as we would like to, we cannot protect them forever. We can share wisdom, teach them our skills, and not be ashamed when we cry as they spread their wings.
Father’s, you are so incredibly important. You will have a tremendous effect on the adult that your child becomes. So give them high morals and give them strong standards and they will never forget them, even if they turn from them. And if they should turn from them, be patient, because often They will return to them.
The real decision you have to make is whether you have prepared for them to face the world.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
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