Guarding the Hearts and Minds of Our Children

The iconic Bible character Samson was a man of great faith!  No, really…he started out that way.  He was obviously a man of great strength–Annihilating the entire Philistine army with the jaw bone of a donkey!  God had big plans for this man! Do you think that as a young man Samson ever thought it possible that a beautiful woman would someday seduce him, betray him, and ultimately derail God’s plans for his life?

Like Samson, God has a plan for each of our children.  It’s up to us, at the many different stages in their lives, to remind them to guard their hearts against anything or anyone that the enemy might throw in their paths that will take them off course from God’s purpose.

As parents we need to remind our kids–sometimes over and over– that they have gifts and talents that God has bestowed on them for His Kingdom.  We must pray for guidance so that we can help direct their footsteps along the way, but at the same time not hinder God’s plan even in our own enthusiasm.

We are reminded that Samson did little to guard his heart.  He was not led by the Spirit, but by the flesh.  It’s never too early to teach our kids, by example, to be mindful of what influences our mind as well as our emotions.

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Rumbani Ndhlovu
Rumbani Ndhlovu

I'm afraid of having children of my own in this day and age. So much to protect kids from and so much to teach them not to do it seems impossible to do it all. Samsons story is a great reminder of Gods mercy n how easily we can be blinded by the enemy. To make matters worse, there are so many things now that I'd classify as Delila which makes life for God alot more challenging.

Cindy Navarro
Cindy Navarro

Samson's story serves to remind us how we can be used of God in spite of ourselves, but I admit that he is one of my least favorites. It is vital that we underscore to our children, grandchildren, and ourselves that God has blessed each of us with a talent or gift that can be used to serve Him. I would hate to waste my life or see others waste theirs by being the prime example of "Don't Do This". Helping your child realize the full potential of God's gift, and not what we believe that gift should be, is a high priority that is too often neglected.