The guardian angel who couldn’t stop watching video games
Growing up, I read a story called “the littlest angel”. In the book a little boy in heaven who is the littlest angel, misses his box of treasures from earth, a box with things like his dog collar, a stone, a birds feather etc.
When he eventually is able to acquire this box, he gives it as a gift to the baby Jesus, and it is so beautiful to God when he beholds it, that it is made into the Bethlehem star.
I was thinking about this story and thinking about children in general. The bible tells us that the kingdom of heaven is “at hand”, which means that this little boy in this story is not necessarily a dead “angel” because heaven can be experienced while here on earth. To me this story is saying that children everywhere, are all “the littlest angels” who, by their very existence, bring out the best in humanity.
This little angel in the story, was one who loved to run, play outside, and collect treasures from nature. His innocence was protected and supported in an environment of love. What if this little angel, instead was not able to stop watching video games or movies?
There would have been no treasure box for the child to collect as what is “presented” in the form of video, is empty and not real. Not only that, but staying glued to tablets and games does not give these children, or angels, access to humanity, and they HAVE to have access to real people in order to be that force of good they were created to be.
So many people have the mistaken belief that children must be “educated” on all that is fringe, drama filled(and adult) while that which is normal and uplifting is dismissed. Unfortunately, this way of thinking is like believing that teaching children all the ways to add two numbers and come up with the WRONG answer is somehow useful to them.
The opposite is true. Children who are taught one truth, however, are given a firm foundation on which to stand and progress. And someone saying that it is important to recognize all the wrong answers that may be out there does not, in fact, make it so.
Children and their beautiful innocence, do not need to be “taught” how to love their baby brother, how to appreciate the night stars or the nest of blue eggs perched on the backyard tree. They naturally are generous, joyful and worry free. It is all the “realities” we teach them, that cause them anxiety and frustration. What a waste of their time to learn of such.
In contrast, children who were apprenticed by a moral and upright family member, and taught a useful skill, while being appreciated for their progress no matter how small, are highly likely to be happy and content.
My parents provided the moral code for our family and we did not learn of evil in its many forms. Growing up, I was not aware of my uncle who was alcoholic, or my cousin who used drugs. Instead I learned how to make a sleigh from a cardboard box and ride it down the sand dunes at the local sand lot.
I did not know that priests were molesting little boys, instead I learned about sewing patchwork, doing cross stitch, and painting.
I did a little experiment with my own self as an adult, to verify my belief that spending time absorbing depravity does nothing positive for the human soul.
I allowed myself to binge watch a show called the sinner with Jessica Beil. I did not know it was possible to cram as much depravity into one show as was made possible with this series. I wanted to see if I felt like I was better and more “competent” to deal with world issues following this marathon watching.
When I turned it off, and went and picked out the bible verse for the day randomly chosen, it was this…
“then saith Jesus unto him, “get the hense, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the lord thy God and him only shalt thou serve.”
Watching I recognized was giving evil a platform and did nothing to uplift my thought, in fact it made me feel dark and dismal. And once evil gets a foot hold, it tries to advance it’s position. I feel confident in saying that we must as a society, start with our little innocent children, and protect their thought from the aggressive suggestions of evil that come in the form of video movies, games and entertainment.
IF one show can cause an adult such as myself to feel upset and disturbed, then so much more so can a small child be affected. We must be able to listen to the resounding advice of Jesus, and say “get the hense Satan!”
My sister told me that the platform Netflix gives ninety eight percent of its political funding to Democrats. This political party seems to glorify all of what I consider to be “wrong” choices such as abortion. My sister has dismissed this platform from her viewing. I am about to do the same.
I am also THINKING about the movies I record for the children. The movie Encanto is about a girl being bisexual and about dysfunction in a family, instead of unity and support. No thank you …and Disney movies are not family entertainment any more.
We cannot as a society help children live normal healthy lives if we sensationalize depravity, degradation and despair. WE have to stop “tolerating” and glamorizing and accepting aberrant behavior as normal or tolerable. We have been given gifts called the littlest angels. It is the simple and pure things these little ones value and we are directed to be such as these. It is time that we do.
Thank you God for this new day for I know you hear me always.