Parents are being urged to see their children as an investment from God and themselves as the portfolio managers.
This message came from attorney-at-law, Raphael Saul, during the Child Care Board National Children’s Service held at Western Light Church of the Nazarene, Oxnards, St James today.
Saul, who drew reference from Psalms 127:3, described God as the CEO of an investment company, parents as the portfolio managers and children as the investment.
“Like any good investment manager, God is very interested in how his investment is being taken care of because at the end of the day, God wants to get a return on his investment. And as portfolio managers we need to be able to give God an account for how we have stored the investment that He has placed under our care, Saul said.
He added that parents must understand that they have an important role to play [which cannot be delegated] to other entities.
“Parents – our responsibility is huge. It is not one that can be delegated to schools. Our responsibility is not one that can be delegated to churches; our responsibility is a God-given assignment to train up the children in the way they should go. Our responsibility is not one that is resolved simply by the purchasing of gifts and keeping our children in the latest fashion”, he said, adding that too many parents are caught up with ensuring that their children have the most popular items but they are not focused on their children’s progress.
“So we want that our child steps out in the best and the newest and the sharpest and the cleanest and the freshest, but we are not interested in if our children are developing and growing and progressing in the way that they should. Come on parents! It is our responsibility first to make sure that we put our hands in the air and say that this child is a part of the portfolio that God has given me to manage. I have a responsibility to make sure that God gets a good investment on the child He has placed in my care,” he said, adding that parents need to accept that when a child goes wayward, it is because they did not invest heavily in the lives of their children.
“So if this child is full of potential, if this child is an untapped resource that we as portfolio managers are responsible for opening, [then we can’t say] that is the teacher’s’ job or the church’s job or when things go wrong with our investment, we can’t assume the role of the finger pointer. The school did not do what it should have done; that is why it came out this way. The church did not do what it should have done; that is why the child came out this way. It is time that we as parents put our hands in the air and say that the child did not come out the way it was supposed to turn out because I did not do what I was supposed to do,” he told the members of the audience who clapped in agreement.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment & Community Development Janet Phillips also warned parents to know their children’s friends as well as who they were interacting with on social media platforms.
“Get to know the families of their friends. Be quite familiar with what they are viewing on the Internet and social media. If you are not tech savvy, it is your responsibility to get techy savvy to prevent your children from dire things that are not conducive to their development. Work with your children and become actively involved in their lives. Make sure that there is adequate supervision and the person supervising them in your absence shares the same values as you,” Phillips said.
Students from various primary and secondary schools also participated in the event. Key presentations included students from The Irving Wilson School who played a medley of songs including Yes Jesus Loves Me and Tia Corbin who sang When You Believe.