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Take a Walk With Me Parents and Friends

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Take a Walk With Me Parents and Friends
by Mackie Bounds

When we hold our babies and look into their faces, we see nothing but purity, love and innocence. God gave such a blessing when he gave us our children. At the same time he gave us a great responsibility. Raising our children so they can live their life in such a way that will take them to an eternal home with God. "…but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord" (Eph. 6:4). I am a blessed Dad today, having two of the most wonderful children any Dad would want. I loved it when I would come home from work and they would meet me at the door and turn a tough day into a great day full of sunshine. I could fill the pages with one precious memory after another and they continue to add to the pages even as I write, but there is one memory that I will never forget. It was a simple thing, but oh what a joyous day it was. It was the days that my children said, "I want to be baptized." Parents, that is a joy that is hard to put to words, but to those who have experienced it, you know what I mean.

Now, are you ready for our walk? One sunny morning we drove over to Gatesville, Texas to grade a masonry school at the state prison. As we walked through the gate we were met by a very stern jailer that took our billfold, belt, keys, money, and pocket knife. He introduced us to four guards that would be for our protection and would guide us to our destination. We walked through four barred doors and each one of them as they shut, locked tightly. We then found ourselves among hundreds of hardened criminals.

As I walked to the school I saw some horrible sights. There were beatings, homosexual acts, gang fights and people so high on drugs they were walking in their cells like caged animals. No, it was not the Gatesville Hilton, but it was prison for the criminal.

I spent six hours that day in the prison, and at lunch I was allowed to visit with some of the inmates as we ate a half burnt hamburger. As I sat there and listened to the sad stories, I thought of how each one of these, once upon a time, was small child just like our own. The things I heard that day has changed my life forever. Each one wanted to talk about their childhood, and they all had something in common. Their childhood was messed up. Some would say they didn’t really know their parents for they were never around. Many of them would say their Dad didn’t love them for he was always too busy for them. One said "If I would have known you when I was teenager, maybe I wouldn’t be where I am today."

Parents, I left that prison more determined than ever that I would do all I could to bring my children up in such a way that they would never spend a night in prison. Parents turn the TV off and read the Bible to your children. Dads don’t get too busy that you can’t go do things with your children. Parents take your children to church and around other Christians. I ask, what are you doing with that precious blessing that God gave you?

I left the prison that sunny afternoon determined to help every young person that I could not to spend one night in prison. So my friends, have you ever wondered what you could do for God today? Just look around at all the youth around us in the church and in this world. Will you not love, cherish, encourage, listen and help them every day?

–1652 Kirkland Hill Rd, Axtell, TX 76624

 

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