I have been sick in bed for the last couple of days. Being sick when you're a grown up isn't nearly as fun as it was as a kid. First of all, grown ups have responsibilities. The children have to be taken care of. I can't just let the dog lick their faces clean and send them off to school, though it is tempting. Also, I don't have a little bell to ring when I need something, AND day time t.v for grown ups is pa-the-tic! Even the commercials are ridiculous.
T.V. today is all about the next new thing, the snazziest (yes, I said Snazzy) way to get you to want to do something, buy something, be something. I think I am tired of all of the hype that's on t.v. Who cares about the newest latest gadget/phrase/style/fad etc. etc? Those things are all secular. Why does so much money and advertising go toward things that have little to no value? What about things that really matter? Society's morals are deteriorating rapidly, and we are watching it like it's a soap opera and then ordering every infomercial during the commercial break.
So, what's my point? The point is, we are raising the next generation. What do we want them to be? Do we want them to be focused on having great things, or do we want to to be great people?
As a parent I feel I have a duty to fill my children with knowledge, self worth, love, gratitude, and all the other skills necessary to have a happy and fulfilling life. In doing so I also feel like I'm in a tug of war with the outside influences that are trying to grab a hold of my children. And it's not just t.v. Influences now-a-days come in so many different forms. Does anyone else out there feel the same way?
The scriptures I have been reading lately include a close description of what I feel I need to be doing for my family. It's really interesting. I am reading Alma 48:7-9. It is a story about how a wicked man named Amalickiah was trying to destroy the Nephites who were followers of God. It reads:
"Now it came to pass that while Amalickiah had thus been obtaining power by fraud and deceit, Moroni, on the other hand, had been apreparing the minds of the people to be faithful unto the Lord their God.