“I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way”

They say Whitney Houston was a Christian. She began singing in church. People say she was sweet. She was kind. She was loving. Then she fell for the wrong guy. And with him came the 15 years of abuse and drugs.

Why do our girls do that? I’ve been a pastor’s wife for a long time and I’ve seen it over and over.

Other people can look at him and say “he’s a loser” or “he’s dangerous” – they see it. The signs are there to see, but our girls don’t. And they pay a heavy price for the blindness. Bullying. Abuse. Hurt. Even drugs and alcohol.

We try so hard to protect them as they grow, but our girls need a realistic view of the world, too. We have to help them. We have to train them to look. To see the signs. And not just see them, but see them for what they are. It goes beyond the “sex talk” moms have with their girls.  They need to know fake loving from real loving. They need to be innocent as doves and shrewd as serpents – to know the danger signals and not brush them aside.

Sometimes their very lives depend on it.

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier …
(Greatest Love of All – Whitney Houston)