Think on These Things (or why we don’t tell our girls about news stories)

Think On These Things

I had an interesting discussion with the oldest giggly girl the other day. She asked why they always have to learn about news stories at church, such as school shootings. Evidently they are often topics of conversation among the youth at church, specifically for prayer requests. Prayer requests are good – praying for those who need it falls right in line with what God wants the girls to do. However, we intentionally don’t draw their attention to these types of stories. And so when she asked, I answered.

The answer was quite easy –

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. – Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)

This is why I don’t watch the news. This is why I don’t read the newspaper. This is why I skip over so much of social media. The topics and ideas these media cover are not often noble, or lovely, or pure. So, I often don’t know of the bad things that are happening in the world and cannot share it with my girls. Even if I did, I do not want that to be where my girls thoughts are focused.

I don’t want them worrying or being fearful. God did not create in us a spirit of fear. (2 Timothy 1:7) When we focus on the evil things of the world, we will give in to the spirit of fear that Satan desires for us. When we are living in fear, we are not living in God and His will for our lives.

We try hard to bring the lovely and the beautiful and the pure into our girls lives so that they can focus on God.

Hosea 6:6 says

For I desire mercy and not sacrifice,
And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

When the evil of the world is brought to view, we pray and try to teach the girls to pray. In order for us to help teach our girls to focus on the good and the beautiful, to focus on mercy and the knowledge of God, we refrain from bringing to their focus the evil of the world.

At Home.

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2 thoughts on “Think on These Things (or why we don’t tell our girls about news stories)

  1. Annette V May 26, 2018 at 11:32 pm Reply

    I can understand your reasoning. I can. And frankly I don’t tend to pay a lot of attention to the news but what I know I don’t hide from the lad either. MIND I have a boy who is not easily frightened or my attitude might be different. My goal when I share events with the lad is to make him more knowledgeable than I was in my 20’s when I didn’t know HOW to react to the news, and it was troublesome for me. So my goal with the lad is to help him see that bad things happen for two reasons. 1. God allows it and we don’t always know why he does. and 2. Sin affects EVERYTHING in the world. So much so that we can’t even tell where the sin has changed things. From why a bumblebee has a stinger… in God’s perfect world did it originally? To why a mom might hurt her children. or a man run down pedestrians on a busy Toronto street. Sin changes things in a fundamental way that we simply don’t always keen. So I don’t want him frightened. I want him to see God’s control, God’s allowance, and how sin can be ever so nasty, but that doesn’t change God’s control of the situation. It’s a hard thing to learn and to see and I don’t always see it well. All that said.. I still totally understand where you are coming from. Letting the littles focus on what they need to focus on.. maturing into the people God wants them to be. That’s a goodly thing to do. 🙂

    • 3gigglygirlsathome May 27, 2018 at 3:15 pm Reply

      Agree. It is good to know how to respond. I just wish the negative of the world were not so much of a focus.

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