Train Them Up: It Takes a Village


I have found myself in a conversation, on more than one occasion, about how things are different these days. Whether it’s the music, the gas prices, or even my physical appearance, things have changed over time. They are not the same as when I was growing up. One thing I know that is definitely different, is the youth of this generation. The children of today are way different than the children in my era. I expect them to dress different, wear their hair different, or use a different type of slang than what we used in my generation. That’s common because my parents talked, dressed, looked different in their generation. What gets me is the way the youth of today act, respond, and the lack of respect they can have for authority.

I often reflect on when I was their age and find myself making some comparisons. I know when I hung out with my friends, we had the time of our lives. Perhaps, we acted a little different when we weren’t around our parents. However, one thing remained; we respected our elders, had a moral code, and always had a moment of silence when we saw the police. Not so today. The youth of today is lacking a lot of qualities that were lingering in the air when I was coming up. Like in many situations, it is not all youth, but definitely enough to recognize that there is a problem. We must remember that this is the generation that will one-day lead out country.

So, what is the problem you wonder? I believe it is a lack of spiritual guidance. I don’t have the final answers on anything, but I know Galatians 5:22 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness. Well, we can turn on the daily news in most cities and see that many of our youth are not displaying any of these attributes. In fact, they are expressing the opposite. Many of the things they say and do are learned acts. The lack of self-respect, disrespectful to authority, neighborhood crime….all of this is inherited from their environment. Who’s responsible? Who’s to blame?

PARENTS! It’s the responsibility of those who bring the children into this world. It is our responsibility as parents to activate Proverbs 22:6 in the lives of our children: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” We must use the power of the Word to rear our children; plant the principals and promises of God upon their hearts. The Word is active and alive, and once the seed of the Word is planted, God will make it good. The youth today lack the fear of the Lord. There is no way they would disrespect their elders, their own parents, or the police if they had the Word stirring around in their hearts. There is no way they could take the life of another, without reservation, with the Power of the Word stirring in their hearts. Simply said, the children of today need Jesus (The Word)! They need to experience His unconditional love. They need to know that He loves them. They need to inherit the love of God in their souls.

Ideally, this inheritance should come directly from within their household. But, let’s be real…this is not the case. We can’t dwell on that. I know, as a Christian, it is my responsibility to spread the love of God to everyone I encounter. As an educator, I encounter a whole lot of children and I am very intentional about letting my light shine. I love on children even when they are unlovable. Eventually, they come around and become receptive to that undeniable love. I may not be the immediate authority figure in their lives, but I sure am a part of the village. It’s an old cliché, but it does take a village to raise our children. Moses is the best example of this. Born in secret and as a Hebrew slave, there were a small group of women who played a major role in saving his life. What am I trying to say? What villages can you be a part of? What impact can you make on the lives of today’s youth? Let me encourage you to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit as He provides you with an opportunity to train up a child. After, the bible never said that it had to be the parent of the child. Once the seed is sown, regardless of where it came from, that child will not depart from it. Be the village! Train them up! Just a little nugget for your soul!!

The King’s Daughter,

Yolanda Marie



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