December 10 – The Beatitudes – “Blessed are the pure in heart…”

Read Psalm 51:10

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

In the YouTube program titled “Childhood 2.0”, the subject of smartphones in the hands of young people in our country is discussed. Created in August of 2020, this documentary is a must-watch for parents, grandparents and anyone who influences the next generation.

This program may get your attention in recognizing what Generation Z really faces every single day and how much significance can be connected to a smartphone or an Instagram account. Despite the many positive aspects of a smartphone like a Bible app, a wonderful camera and maintaining important relationships, there are possible negative factors to consider so that young people can develop a pure heart and steadfast spirit. We must stay ahead of the game and be prepared for what is next in the incredibly challenging job of a parent and person who influences young boys and girls. Destructive criticism, bullying and pornography are some of the focuses of this documentary.

How can we help young people develop a pure heart both in themselves and others?

Train a child in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6a). It is not just about “stranger danger” anymore. It is about other people all over the world who can influence your young person. It is important that parents try to be up to date about technology, friends of your children and friends’ parents. Be PROACTIVE with letting your young people know of temptations to help them create a pure heart. Have limits on the phone. Communication is essential.

Parents and grandparents have the privilege and opportunity to provide a positive Christian family life that can bring joy and worth to young people through their church, family, school and community. It involves a titanic amount of effort. It is the most important job you’ll ever have.

What does it mean to have a pure heart? Philippians 4:8 says that we should think about things that are pure as well as noble, right, lovely and admirable. It starts with modeling and then mentoring. It must be a priority in life.

Who are you mentoring today?

To be pure means to be clean. In your one-on-one relationships and connections with those you lead, coach, teach and parent, be a great role model.

Psalm 51 is an expression of repentance written by David. He fell into serious sin and recognized his need to plead with God for forgiveness. God will forgive us of the mistakes we’ve made, our selfish thoughts and all our pride (Hebrews 4:15-16). By recognizing this and seeking a pure heart, David was on the path to become the greatest of Israel’s kings.

Have you asked God to create in you a pure heart? How about the young people who you influence?

Tom Weckesser

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