Lately, this subject has been neglected by many people and it’s been the reason why many families are completely destroyed. I’m referring to the values of the past, which we learned from our parents and grandparents, good family principles. Our current generation considers these values unnecessary.
But, we cannot forget that these values helped shape many good people in society and solidify many families. No matter how simple the meal, everyone found pleasure in being together, it was sacred, it was an irreplaceable moment; it was dinnertime.
Parents made sure to find out how their children’s day was. Couples also shared the events that took place during the day. But today, unfortunately, those times no longer exist. Today, when a family gets together, everyone is on their cell phone, tablet, headset, and some even leave the table before finishing their meal to rush to the front of the TV, just so they don’t have to interact with one another. There are even those who lock themselves in their room and woe to those who try entering without permission!
In the past, children were raised by their mothers. But today, they are raised by babysitters, video games, cartoons, Internet… Modern mothers don’t have the time or pleasure to do this. Children were taught not to meddle in adult conversations and to respect their elders. But many are extremely disrespectful towards them. They talk to them as if they were speaking to someone their own age. There was respect towards the older brother, as if he were a second father to the younger siblings. When the parents were not home, he was responsible for the home and for the other children. But recently, we’ve heard about brothers killing brothers, sons killing parents… There is a complete lack of respect.
How about asking for our parents’ blessing before going to bed and when we got up in the morning? Children believed in their parents’ blessing, but this is rare nowadays.
When a young man was interested in a young lady, he went to her house to ask for her parents’ permission and that would mark the beginning of the relationship. When things got serious, he would ask them for her hand in marriage. But, who does this nowadays? It has become unnecessary. Nowadays, when parents find out their daughter is dating, she’s already pregnant and, in many cases, they’ve already become grandparents and don’t even know. Because of this (the lack of these values of the past), many wives cry copiously every day, because they did not have or did not give due attention to these values.
They do not know how to be wives, mothers, girlfriends, “queens of their home” because they did not apply these values in their lives, precisely because they felt it was unnecessary. But today, they realize that these values are absolutely necessary. It’s as if you remove the columns from a building, it will fall apart. This is exactly what is happening to many families. They are crumbling apart because they lack a foundation, which are the values of the past.
In the modern family, the wife does not submit to her husband and the husband has no consideration for his wife. This lack of discipline in the home pushes the children into the streets to look for the family they’ve never had.
I ask: which is the best family, the traditional or the modern? Analyze the results of both.
We know the number of teenage pregnancies, drug abuse, crime and delinquency, in general, has grown a lot in recent years.
Psalm 128 has the formula to rescue these family values.
This is the example to follow: God, husband, wife, children.
Blessed is every one who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways!
When you eat the labor of your hands, you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.
– He is the provider, the hunter.
Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine.
– A wise woman, she has her family in the palm of her hand.
Your children like olive plants all around your table.
– Olive plants represent the strength and vitality of children.
Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the LORD.
The Lord bless you out of Zion, and may you see the good of Jerusalem all the days of your life. Yes, may you see your children’s children. Peace be upon Israel!
Anyone can have a house, a building, but a blessed family, a peaceful home, comes from the Hands of God.