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Not For Sale

A well-dressed couple came into a toy shop with their two children in tow. “We want some toys that will keep the children entertained,” the mother said. “My husband and I both work long hours and the children are alone a great deal.” The salesgirl showed them a variety of games and play equipment, but to each there was some objection. “It seems to me,” the mother finally said impatiently, “that if you knew what we are really looking for, you could find it among all of these toys.” The salesgirl sighed, “I’m sorry, madam, but I believe what you are really looking for -- what your children need -- is a mother and father, and we don’t sell those here.”

This amusing little story describes the crisis of our society. Fathers and mothers are not available to raise their children. The worldliness of our society through computers and television is entertaining our children and the results are devastating. Parents are so busy making money they have forgotten about making character.

Something must be done. Our focus and emphasis must change. The Bible says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it,” (Proverbs 22:6). “And, ye fathers provoke not your children to wrath; but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord,” (Ephesians 6:4).

I challenge every father and mother to make the spiritual training of your children your top priority. The years will reveal that you made a wise choice.

Ken Tyler

Arab, Alabama

Editor’s note -- The economic history of the United States has changed dramatically in the last 100 years. There was a time when only men worked out of the home for money. The economic realities of the 21st century now often need both spouses to have gainful employment in order to afford raising a family. While raising up children to be faithful servants of God is even more challenging with both parents working it remains one of the greatest works any parent will ever accomplish and should remain a focused goal. TO


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