Echoes From the Campfire

Wasting your life away won’t change the past.  It just makes it more of a tragedy.”
              –Duane Boehm  (Last Stand)

       “Truly God is good to Israel, to such as are pure in heart.”
              –Psalm 73:1 (NKJV)
I don’t care for folks without some gumption.  Folks that sit around with their hands out saying, “Give me, give me, I deserve it.”  What these type of people need is a good kick in the seat of the pants.  They need to get out and give work, and life, a try.
    Ah, but we must remember, this is our pampered generation (18-29) part of them being that large group of millennials, the whiners and snot-nosed crybabies.  New numbers have just came out and 52% of this age still live at home.  This are the highest numbers on record, the next highest being in 1940.  Now, there surely are some legitimate reasons to live with one or both of your parents.  However, for the most part they are spoiled brats continuing to want a handout.
    Part of the fault lies with the parents.  They haven’t done the job they were supposed to do and are afraid for little Susie.  They know that sweet Tommy cannot survive in the big, bad world.  Come home to us, we’ll still change your diapers and wipe your snotty nose.  No wonder the kids whine, the parents do the same thing.  Come home, please…
    The time may come when there may be the need of the family communal.  However, with saying that it doesn’t mean that the poor little dears don’t earn their own way.  Believers must realize that they must train up their child to face the world.  They should be taught that they are light and salt to the world and that they should represent Christ wherever they are.  They can’t do that hiding behind momma’s apron strings (that is if momma knows how to cook and wears an apron).
    A few weeks ago I watched an episode of Stoney Burke (it was one of my favorite shows as a kid).  There was a youngster that fell into bad times.  A person asked Stoney if he thought the kid would make it.  His reply, “He has a good family, with a good family behind him, he’ll make it.”  So there is value in having a good family, but it is not in accepting a wimp, or a whiner to live there.  A good family is not one that so much babies, but one that supports.
    One other thought in regard to the family.  First, Noah, who found grace in the eyes of the Lord.  What was his greatest accomplishment besides obedience?  Gathering, and caring for his family.

         “By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.”
                  –Hebrews 11:7 (NKJV)

We do not know if the sons of Noah were righteous, but we do know that it was because of Noah who prepared a refuge of safety for his household.
    Now look at Job:

         “…Job would send and sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all.  For Job said, ‘It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.’  Thus Job did regularly.”
                  –Job 1:5 (NKJV)

The idea is to prepare children properly.  To train them to be on their own, and to serve the Lord.  However, continue to pray and train and guide whenever needed.