The foundation of family

To all our readers, my warmest greetings! Thank you for your readership and support. When you may feel that you’re living in a happy family, you need only ask your children to receive a suprise, because they don’t always think they have the same happiness. I have a small family with one wife and two daughters. I have felt that it’s a male’s role to be the family leader. After all, they depend on me to provide for them and give them peace. My immediate responsibility is to provide good food, an education, material needs, transport, health care and spare income. And I’m happy to do so, providing all these needs for them, not myself. However, am I doing enough by working my job, providing only those needs, or is there something more I should be giving? Jesus Christ perpetuated a principle of life and parenthood, instructing His disciples not to ignore the children in their midst: “Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me” (Mark 9:37), He said. Besides food, dresses, an education and teaching in the home, a child needs the adult to give them love that they would be nourished mentally and emotionally. A person with a childhood in which they received no such care and affection, when they grow up, they will seek to find it outside. Many teenagers who join in antisocial and evil practices have stated that they came from a family in which there was a lack of love. And the fact is, this lack of love is prevelant in our society, where gain and materialism is the priority. For me, providing material needs isn’t enough; it’s only a part. My family members, and especially my children, need more love, and they should be able to expect it be given. In 1 Corinthians 13:4–8 the great apostle Paul makes this famous statement: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” A child needs to grow holistically—in physical, mental, social and spiritual terms. In this issue of THE LIGHT TIMES, most of the features focus on family. We want to encourage you our readers in the notion of balanced childhood well-being. And the key to a quality society starts with loving our children.

Chin Soksan

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