Be Careful What You Write on the Tablet of Your Heart

by | Apr 27, 2016 | Purpose & Identity

Recently my 14-year-old daughter, Rachel, asked her mother and I if she could tag along to a concert here in Orlando. When I asked what band or bands were going to perform at the concert, Rachel directed me to the event’s website.

Upon visiting the site, my heart sank and my jaw dropped.

What I saw on the home page was photos of girls scantily dressed and with body paint. That alone put up a red flag with me, but I was still curious to know who the bands were and wanted to look at the lyrics of some of their songs.

The bands’ song lyrics did not shock me. It was pretty much what I expected. Not only are some of the lyrics vulgar, but check out some of the suggestive titles of the songs: “Strangle You” (Bobaflex); “Medicate” (I’ll leave it to your imagination as to what that’s about.) and “Dance With the Devil” by Breaking Benjamin; “Razor,” “Murder” and “Let’s Get Dead” by New Year’s Day.

I certainly could go on and on, but you get my point and, hopefully, my concern. Needless to say, Rachel did not attend the concert. She protested mildly, but understood our concerns when we discussed the matter. To her credit, I don’t even think she knew what some of the bands were about. She also understood when I printed out and showed her some of the suggestive lyrics.

Thank You, Holy Spirit.

Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not against all secular music. It’s just that there are some types of songs and bands, like the ones mentioned above, that I would rather no member of my family—including myself—listen to.

I would not allow my daughter, or son, to attend a Beyonce concert, especially not after reading this article from The Blaze. You may disagree with me, but that’s your preference as a parent, not mine. I wouldn’t want the lyrics of Beyonce’s songs written on the tablet of my daughter’s heart. 

For all of Rachel’s life, my wife and I have tried to live by Proverbs 22:6, which says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Although many times we have failed—at least I’m well-aware of the fact that I have—we have tried to be a godly example to them and have continuously encouraged them to develop a relationship with Jesus.

In the past year, I have amped up my own prayer life and read God’s Word much more than I ever had before. We pray with our children, and we have committed to going back to a regular time of devotion. Additionally, we pray and believe that they are getting fed much more in their Sunday middle school service at church.

We try to keep a prayer covering over our children as best as we can I constantly pray Psalm 91 around my home, my marriage and my children. Satan is working overtime these days to do what he can to disrupt and destroy families, especially those who serve the Lord. I certainly don’t want to provide any added fuel for him.

God says in Hebrews 8:10, “I will put my laws into their minds and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people” (MEV).

As a loving parent and a Christ follower, I would rather have the Word of God written upon my daughter’s heart than the lyrics of the songs from the above-mentioned rock bands. I would much rather her soak in “No mountain top will ever be too high, ’cause with Jesus by your side, there’s nothing you can’t do, you’re gonna make it through” (Natalie Grant) than “I’m standing right in front of you, And saying that I’m through with you. For everything you put me through, now I just want you to die” (New Year’s Day).

I pray that she and my son, Josh, will live out Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think on these things” (MEV).

What we put into our heads totally impacts how we think, how we act, how we treat others and how we speak. In the verse above, God instructs us to control what we put into our heads and our hearts. We need to examine and scrutinize what we’re feeding our minds with every day.

Remember, “whatsoever things are pure … .” Write those things upon the tablet of your heart.

I realize all of this is simply part of parenting. I realize Rachel will be a freshman in high school this fall and this is only the beginning of what will be many parental challenges in the upcoming years. I remember the grief I gave my own mom with the choices I made, and I know Rachel will make some mistakes as well. It’s part of life and growing up.

But I think my mom would say I turned out OK, in no small part to her prayers and her godly instruction.

Have you faced similar situations with your children? What challenges has parenting in this culture presented to you? What are you writing upon not only your children’s heart but also your own?

And as I always like to say, “there is that.” {eoa}

Step Out of the Boat is a ministry created by Charisma Media Online Managing Editor Shawn A. Akers and dedicated to helping Christ followers strengthen their faith to get beyond their comfort zone and come to a more intimate relationship with Jesus. With its articles, podcasts and other forms of media, Step Out of the Boat encourages Christ followers to daily reach to a higher level in their calling. Please visit shawnakersministries.com. You can contact him at shawn.akers@charismamedia.com.

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

Chick-Fil-A’s Dan Cathy: ‘We’re Here to Glorify God’

Chick-Fil-A’s Dan Cathy: ‘We’re Here to Glorify God’

Avid Chick-fil-A fans were recently served up yet another reason to love the iconic fast-food brand, as former CEO Dan Cathy spoke in-depth about the company's quest to "glorify God." Cathy, now chair of the board after his son Andrew Truett Cathy became CEO in 2021,...

Why Christians Need to Declare a ‘No Competition Zone’

Why Christians Need to Declare a ‘No Competition Zone’

We’re in the height of sports competition time around the world, aren’t we? In the United States we are getting all ramped up towards the Super Bowl. And then in the basketball world, it’s March Madness. Then somewhere along the way, it’s The Master’s golf tournament,...

How to Enter Heaven’s Courtroom For Spiritual Warfare

How to Enter Heaven’s Courtroom For Spiritual Warfare

This article was first released by Curt Landry Ministries. Note: This is the second of a two-part series of articles. When you enter heaven's courtroom to do spiritual warfare, you are asking that the will of God, what is written in His books, be released from heaven...

Prophecy: A Year of Revival, Prosperity and Taking the Land

Prophecy: A Year of Revival, Prosperity and Taking the Land

As we have already entered into 2023, here are some prophetic thoughts about this year. This year has clearly been marked by the Lord as a time to prosper, to take back land and to see His glory. As we fully embrace a kingdom mindset, we will see these things take...

Troy Black Shares A Message to Help You Fight For Faith Again

Troy Black Shares A Message to Help You Fight For Faith Again

Young, old, rich or poor—nobody is immune to the feeling of brokenness. Jesus' life, death and resurrection on earth is a constant reminder that death no longer has a sting. Fear and hopelessness lurk throughout the earth trying to find an opportune moment to consume...

RECENT ARTICLES

Kevin Sorbo’s Transformative Encounter as a Teen with Billy Graham

Actor Kevin Sorbo is known today for his roles in faith-based movies, like "God's Not Dead" and "Left Behind," but the iconic "Hercules" star's Christian roots took form at an early age. Sorbo...
7 Forms of Functional Cessationism

7 Forms of Functional Cessationism

In this article, cessationism refers to the doctrine, practice or belief that the ascension ministry gifts and the manifestations of the Holy Spirit ceased with the early church and do not function in the present church age (Eph. 4:11-16; 1 Cor. 12: 4-11). The...

Practical Tips to Maximize Your Time

Practical Tips to Maximize Your Time

We all have the same amount of time—four hours a day, seven days a week. And the longer I live, the more I discover that time is too valuable for us to waste any of it. That’s why it is so important that we learn to live on purpose, for a purpose. The truth is if you...

Enter the Courts of Heaven with Rabbi Curt Landry

Enter the Courts of Heaven with Rabbi Curt Landry

This article was first released by Curt Landry Ministries. Note: This is the first of a two-part series of articles. When you enter heaven's courtroom to do spiritual warfare, you are asking that the will of God, what is written in His books, be released from heaven...

The Spiritual Awakening of Buffalo, New York

The Spiritual Awakening of Buffalo, New York

Monday night, Jan. 2, 2023, God drew our nation to prayer as Bills player Damar Hamlin experienced cardiac arrest on live tv. Could this have been the largest spontaneous prayer meeting in the history of our nation—beginning with players on the field, spreading to...

Pin It on Pinterest