Headlines in the news (i.e., Stanford ex-swimmer case) make me sick to my stomach. My heart aches for you and your generation growing up in a culture that glorifies getting ahead at another’s expense. Being selfish is not new, but being so outspoken and accepting of it has become more common. I fear that your generation will be trying so hard to accept everything that you will no longer cling to a strong moral standard. Everything can be excused or accepted with the perfectly tailored, rationalized argument.
That’s what God is trying to protect you from. Long ago, He set a moral standard that was for all people. A way to lovingly protect and guide you. I’ve made my own mistakes and I’m sure you will too at times. But as a parent, I want to prevent you from making those mistakes and suffering the consequences that must come with them.
I love you more than words can express, but this love and desire to protect you does not mean that I will excuse your actions. I will not plead for you to have a lesser punishment because you should have so much going for you. You already know that before making each choice.
We are allotted the same air to breathe and each given the option to do what’s right or wrong. I will ache and pain for you, my child, when you must face consequences, but that does not mean you shouldn’t have them. It is part of the growing and maturing process.
There are many things that can be done in 20 minutes.
It costs nothing of you to treat others with the same respect and dignity that you desire to receive. Generations before you operated under The Golden Rule: Treat Others as You Would Like to be Treated. (Guess where that comes from? The Bible.)
It is your life. Your choice. Your character will determine your actions. I am responsible to teach you how to make wise decisions, but you are responsible for the choices that you make. You are young now, but you will grow and have more freedom. More opportunities will come your way and I pray that you will do what is right with every
20 minute s you are given.
I love you.