I was my mother’s ‘baby’ for seven years until my little brother was born.
Mum enjoyed our close mother/daughter relationship as did I.I was truly nurtured by my mother as a young girl…I did have a good early childhood…but I will admit that I did live in a bit of a fantasy world…
Imagination is fine…day-dreaming is fine too…but I think when the fantasy becomes the pursuit then there’s a problem…
Western society in general I think has gone overboard with encouraging the fantastical!
Before I go further, I need to clarify that this post is about my ideas…if you get offended…well ok…but seriously, I’d love for you to share any of your thoughts in the comments section at the bottom…we learn from sharing JI can remember the first time I was taken to the ‘movies’. My grandfather shouted me when he came to visit and I’m sure it was to a Walt Disney movie. I have nothing against Walt Disney or movies as such…but I did grow up watching a lot of fantasy based movies. I was bought endless Barbie dolls and I was lovingly told by people how one day I was going to be a wonderful wife or even maybe somebody famous! In many ways I was a pampered princess.
Well what’s wrong with that, you may ask?I’m not saying that a bit of this is not ok…what I think the problem is, is that the pendulum has swung too far in this direction…should this idea surprise us? I think not. We all know what people are like when they get onto a good thing…they over indulge!!
There is nothing wrong with children being encouraged to use their imagination…but where is the balance between this, and reality? It seems like Walt Disney and the like, have replaced moral teaching in the majority of homes…I mean let’s be honest, how much easier is it to put on a moral based movie to quieten down the kids, instead of getting alongside them and being proactive in their influences?How many young adults do you know today who expect the world to hand them everything on a platter? How many people leave marriages today, because their marriage doesn’t fulfil their expectations?
How many young women have replaced ‘Walt Disney’ and ‘Barbie dolls’ with influences like ‘Sex in the City’?How does the young man cope with work place politics when all he really desires deep down is to be the courageous fire-fighter? How does he feel, when he compares himself to his internal ideal of prince charming…who by the way definitely is no longer married to the mild Sleeping Beauty?
What does he do when the monotonous job, tired wife and three demanding children are the reality he did not expect?What foundation does the woman have, who has placed all her trust in a man or girlfriends to fulfil her needs? What does she do when she becomes a single mother? What does she do when her best-friend-for-life becomes terminally ill?
Reality is hard…Children raised without the true knowledge of Jesus Christ are not equipped.
Human knowledge fails.Jesus Christ is the only true firm foundation for life in our world.
When everything else around you crumbles…and it does…He is the anchor!