In this blog series I am going through 15 challenges that the late Jim Rohn dared us to pursue in our own lives.
Today we will be talking about the tenth challenge that Jim Rohn gave us.
Protect Your Family
These are troublesome times. At school—troublesome times. Protect your family as best you can from the hidden dangers, the lurking evil one.
I am so fortunate that I grew up in two different loving homes. My Dad, Mom, stepmom, and grandma all did a wonderful job raising me. They showed me love, they made me feel accepted and they instilled in me a great work ethic. When I messed up, they were not afraid to discipline me and set me right. They taught me to be kind and to love people. They taught me to always try to be positive. No matter what happened, I always felt safe and protected. I really was so lucky.
Even though I do not have a family of my own yet, I know that I was given the tools to be a great dad. The example from those who raised me was outstanding. My dad taught me what it means to be a man of God. He taught me to live as a humble servant. I am excited to try to pass on some of the great parenting I received on to my own children.
In today’s world there is a lot of scary stuff going on. We have seen that just because children are at school, they are not always safe. There are lots of terrible influences surrounding us as we go out into the world. Satan tries to interject himself into ever area of our lives. He has a great influence in our world and he looks to overcome people who show any type of weakness. As a parent, it is our job to try to protect the members of our family the best we can. While we can’t protect them 100%, there are things parents can do to help the bad influence of the outside world. You can put filters on your computer and TV. You can screen friends.
Part of the decline of modern society is that parents, overall, are not as involved in the parenting process as they used to be. Some parents expect other people to raise their children, such as teachers. It’s NOT their job. It is the parent’s job. Parents need to take the time to get involved in their children’s lives. Parents need to find out what their children are thinking. You show them kindness and love, but a parent also has to have the ability to say “no” and discipline their child. In my opinion, the worst thing a parent can do is to not discipline their child. The child may like it at the time, but they will not respect that parent when they grow up.
I could go on and on about this, but since I don’t have a lot of experience with parenting, I will keep this short. I do know that as a dad, I will be the leader of my family and one of my primary jobs will be to protect my family. It is a job that I take very seriously.
I would like to challenge everyone to continue to do everything they can to protect their family from the dangers coming at them each and every day. Know that if you can put Jesus in your own heart and the hearts of your family, there is no evil that exists that can win over you.