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O Be Careful, Little Eyes

Do you remember singing that Bible song in Sunday school as a child? I do. I remember thinking it was a lesson that God surely wanted me to learn since we sang it at church, but I had no idea how much truth there was to that sweet song. The song goes on to warn us to not only be careful what we watch but what we hear, what we say, what we do and where we go. At the time when I was growing up, my parents had a pretty good idea where I was at all times. I was fortunate that I grew up in a small town where my dad was the high school athletic director, and my mom was the secretary to the superintendent. I couldn’t go very far that someone didn’t know who I was. A report to my parents of my whereabouts could easily make it back home before I did. I didn’t realize it at the time, but this was a huge blessing in my life.  

    Not only did my parents know where I was most of the time, they were aware when I was on the phone (because it was attached to the wall in the kitchen), and what I was watching on television (because we only had one tv set in the living room). We didn’t own a personal computer at that time. I had to go to the library if I needed to use one. Life was simpler. Now that I am a parent of two daughters, I realize how important it is to shield them from the evils of this world. I also realize how difficult it is because Satan is sneaky and will deceive us into believing that we have done all that we can to protect them.  

    It has become apparent to me this year that very well intentioned parents (myself included) have let their guard down at times, and Satan has been able to sneak in. It is more important than ever to be aware of what our children are encountering. There are so many avenues for evil to exist, and we must be proactive in order to defend against it.

     There are ways for us to guard ourselves so we can protect our children. Get educated. Knowledge is power, and we are often powerless because we aren’t as technologically savvy as our kids.  Get online. If your kids use social media, you need to be on there, too. It helps if you know your kids’ passwords. This is a requirement at my house. It doesn’t mean that I am reading all of their mail, but I could if I wanted. Lastly, communicate with other parents. It is surprising how much you will learn when you start conversing with others that are in the proverbial same boat as you. You may be able to offer valuable suggestions or gain some. There is comfort in knowing that other people share your struggles and concerns. Most importantly, pray specifically for protection for your children from all things seen and unseen. “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people,” -Ephesians 6:18.

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About the Author: Jamye Autrey currently serves as the Mansfield Principal. Mrs. Autrey began her career in 1994 as a sixth grade math teacher after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Stephen F. Austin State University. She holds endorsements in reading, mathematics, and is trained in gifted education. Mrs. Autrey is a member of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented. Mrs. Autrey, she is married to her high school sweetheart Jay, and together they have two daughters, Kate and Emma, who both call PCA home. Her family attends and is involved in various ministries at First United Methodist Church in Mansfield

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