As we spent time celebrating my birthday at the park of Quezon Memorial Circle on Thursday, two street kids approached us and started asking for money.
We offered a peanut-butter sandwich to both kids. Expecting a thank-you response from them, the nine-year-old instead said, “Barya na lang” (Coins please).
We were puzzled at his response because he looked frail and in need of food, yet, we couldn’t believe that he chose money over food.
The nine-year-old boy is just one of the tens of thousands of street kids roaming the metropolis every day as their parents put their children in serious peril from syndicates, unnecessary drug and liquor exposure from bad influence, even possible prostitution if they fall into the wrong hands.
Our hearts just bled for these kids, who at a young age have not been receiving the proper guidance from their parents. Their parents weren’t in sight when we tried looking around for them.
But that incident reminded me and my wife of how crucial our role is as parents.
For what we communicate to our three kids have a profound impact in their lives as they grow up.
The passage in Deuteronomy 6:7 (NIV) comes into my mind as I thought about that brief encounter we had with the nine-year-old boy, which says, “7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
Seeing our kids grow up with a healthy fear of God doesn’t happen by accident, nor is it an overnight thing.
Instead, it takes a lot of time and effort and in fact, should be a lifestyle for parents like me (and a powerful lesson as well for single people who dream of having their own family in the future) to take child-rearing seriously.
Parents and future parents, despite our busy schedule due to work or household responsibilities, let us do our part by constantly teaching and speaking God’s word to our kids, disciplining them when needed and serving as role models to them.
For with God’s help, we can be vital instruments in preparing our children for the future God has set for them.