Check out this word definition: “full of danger or risk, exposed to imminent risk of disaster or ruin” That’s the definition of perilous. And it certainly describes the times we find ourselves in right now. But these dangerous days aren’t because of weather. There’s an inherent risk to living in a world filled with people whose perilous thoughts manifest, clearly, on just about every digital platform there is.
But the perilous thoughts, of perilous men, should not destroy your hope.
Because perilous men (and women) will only flourish for a little while. There’s a very good book that talks about this. It mentions how so many men only love themselves, or money, or pleasure. And how they become boastful, full of false pride, unthankful, unloving, unforgiving, brutal, and despising anything good.
All those descriptions started out as perilous thoughts.
And those same “grownups” tend to raise disrespectful and disobedient kids. No surprise. These days, you can be mocked for daring to use the term “disobedient kids.” But mockers don’t realize that an obedient, respectful kid is almost always one who’s being (or has been) raised in a happy home. And that’s a home where discipline is dealt out fairly and with love.
So, here’s the deal. Kids need a moral compass. A trustworthy compass of truth that won’t change with the election of a new class of politicians. And the Truth that can be trusted not to change with the passing of another million laws. Truth that can be trusted not to change just because it isn’t cool anymore.
I want all kids, from the moment they are conceived, to be loved.
And I want them to be loved with a love that surpasses simple, tiny human understanding. A love that doesn’t just give them a cola and a smile and a hug. And a love that encompasses their spirit forever.
Of course, I realize that my old-fashioned perspective means I’ll probably never have a huge audience of readers and listeners. But, as a certain song recommends, “Do right and risk the consequences.”
So, in these (and the coming) perilous times look up. Equip yourself for every good work. And look up. Because one day the clouds WILL carry our Hope.
Because you live on a planet,
And in a day, He has made.
And the planet is not dying,
So you can live unafraid
Unless you live on a planet,
And in a day, you designed.
‘Cause then you’ll have to pay, yourself,
For what was wrong in your mind.
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