Culture is so loud.
I feel outnumbered.
I listen to the radio with my daughters, and I try to listen for the negative messages being sent. Anytime network television is on I try to watch a little to keep my hand on the pulse of the messages being sent my daughters.
One thing that frustrates me is the commercials that come on during family-friendly content. You would think that this would be a pretty safe time to watch family friendly content. Because all of the commercials are political in nature there should be less provocative advertisements. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Just this week I was introduced to a commercial in which a woman’s virginity is compared to voting for the first time.
This isn’t a political blog, but I can’t help but comment on social issues especially when those issues impact my daughters.
I am so thankful my two teen girls see the value in abstinence. One wears a promise ring and the other one would except she doesn’t like wearing rings. I’m working on something for this one; I like the kind of accountability that comes along with wearing jewelry as a reminder, but I digress.
My frustration with the “birth control for teens” mindset is how low the standard is. Besides, how can we expect someone who can’t remember to take vitamins to be able to manage birth control?). I believe in my daughters’ ability to accomplish great things. I don’t even have to force this on them because they believe in it for themselves as well.
I’m not looking to control my daughters’ lives, but I am looking to offer them wise counsel; this is my responsibility as their father, and I will not shy away from it.
I’m just taking my cues from God. He operates in much the same way. He wants and expects great things from us. He does not force anything on us but gently nudges us in the right directions. When we make bad choices, He is always there to lift us back up and support us.
I will love my daughters regardless of their success or failure in any area of life. I will always be there for them, to love them no matter what happens either from their choices or the choices of others.
I will also love and accept them unconditionally just as God does for me.
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.