I deal in hope : Carolyn R Scheidies

Devotion Led Away

From Listen! Who Me?

Read: Colossians 2:6-10

Beware lest any man spoil you through
philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men,
after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
–Colossians 2:8 (KJV)

Gramma took my kids for fast food as a treat.
They brought home demon-like figures that they found
in their kid’s meals. At school, my children listened to
teachers talk about the evolutionary stages of the earth,
animals and people. In some classroom sessions and
gym, they were encouraged to use Yoga and meditation
techniques.

Even when we raised our children, occult symbols
began pervading popular cartoons, movies, videos and
music. Then and now, media ads tout materialistic
“things” as the foundation for happiness. Today, these
media sources bombard even young children with
lifestyles that lead them down very dark paths.

How does a parent shield their children, protecting
them from such non-biblical influences, when I find it
difficult to shield myself? I sought ways to deal with the
situation in practical, Godly ways. I wanted to teach my
children to be aware and to stand against false
philosophies and stand up for God’s righteousness and
truth.

I found the first step was to keep my personal relationship with Jesus Christ up-to-date and to, daily,
saturate myself with His Word. We cannot share God’s
principles if we do not know what they are.

Second, we need to live our lives in such a way as
to be an example to our children. That means being
careful in what we allow into our minds and hearts.
What we see, say and do matters.

Part of being an example, is having a family
devotional/study time each day to fill the hearts of
family members with God’s Word and to help them solve
problems with God’s principles.

Third, we need to pray with our spouse and family
to help our children know how to take their needs to
Jesus and to learn the power of prayer.

Fourth, tackle problems, if possible, before they
arise outside the protection of our homes. Early on, my
husband and I tackled subjects of creation and sex.

When our son Chris entered first grade, I shared
information on creation and evolution and told what we
believed and why. One day he returned home from
school. “The teacher did it,” he announced with some
disgust. “She told us the world was millions and millions
of years old.”

“Umm. What did you do?”

He shrugged, “I said, ‘It’s only thousands.’”
“To your teacher?”

“Na.” Chris snorted. “Not out loud. I didn’t want
her to be embarrassed.”

A small incident maybe, but Chris’ stand on
creation did get around and offered us the opportunity to
witness to his teacher.

Lord, I cannot isolate myself or my family from all
the evil in the culture or world around us. Help me,
instead, insulate my family with Your Word and by
encouraging a growing relationship with You. And, when
I’ve done all I can do, help me trust You to keep us
safely in Your care. Amen.

Meditations:
Monday: Luke 21:8-15
Tuesday: I Peter 5:5-9
Wednesday: I John 4:1-6
Thursday: Colossians 2
Friday: Philippians 4:4-9
Saturday: Ephesians 6:1-6

By Carolyn R Scheidies



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