It made me think how in a way our family is like an airplane. The father is the pilot; the mother is the co-pilot. The children are the passengers.
The decisions the parents make in life can drastically affect the children.
Some families tragically 'crash' and everyone on board is wounded and hurt.
How many children hurt because of their parents' marriage breakup, or their parents' fighting? How many children are hurt because of a parent's adultery? How many children are hardened towards God because of their parents' hypocrisy?
Sometimes it's the pilot—the father-- who is responsible for the damage done. Either through the decisions he makes or through sin.
But with the crash in France, it was the co-pilots fault. Apparently he locked the pilot out of the cockpit, took over and crashed the plane. And sometimes in families, it is the co-pilot—the mother--who does the damage. The mother shuts the father out and takes control herself. A guaranteed disaster!
This sobered me. How we live and act as parents is so important. Like pilots, we need to be a team, working together to get to the right destination, not shutting each other out and fighting against each other.
Mark 3:25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
But where are we leading our families? To Christ? To Heaven or Hell? To safety or danger? Up or down? To religion or to a relationship with God?
If we are flying low, close to the mountains of sin and the world, guess what? We'll probably crash into them.
Proverbs 14:1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.
Are you building your home or are you tearing it down? The choice is yours, but don't forget, your children will be affected by the choice you make.
One person's selfishness can cause so much heartache.
Don't Crash Your Family!