How to walk upright: children and the youth

Keep walking upright

Hello and welcome to spiritual once more.

The previous week we spoke about the meaning of uprightness and why God wants us to walk upright. If you didn’t get the post, you can refer to it here. You can also refer to last week’s post regarding living at peace with everyone here.

Today, we’ll explore into the portions we left hanging about uprightness. How can one walk uprightly? Let’s tackle this, in two sections: in personal life and in one’s calling.

Uprightness in personal life.

At least, all of us find ourselves in only one life stage at any given time. These stages include: childhood, youth, marriage and old age. So, let’s pick and talk about maintaining uprightness in each stage.

1. How can children walk upright?

These are the future of the world; their uprightness should be everyone’s joy and longing.
A parent or guardian is anyone who has a child under their care or instruction.

A child is anyone who needs both the moral and physical guidance and help of an older person (parent or guardian) to survive.

For a child to be upright, they must obey their parents in the Lord (whereby saying ‘in the Lord’ means as required by the Lord), just as it is written in the book of Ephesians.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

Ephesians 6:1

This means children should be submissive and allow their parents or guardians to direct all the things they do in their personal lives, between them and other family members, between them and their neighbours or clanspeople, between them and people at their places of worship and between them and people in places in the vast world such as school, playgrounds and tours.

A child who does not obey their elders is considered indisciplined and not upright before God. But lest parent and guardians take advantage of this, they are also warned in the same manner not to anger their children.

And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.

Ephesians 6:4

An upright child should also, with the help of their guardians’ trainings as seen above, protect themselves from the things that spoil the lives of children, namely: evil predilections, thoughts, desires, characters and deeds.

It is by his deeds that a lad distinguishes himself if his conduct is pure and right.

Proverbs 20:11

2. How can a young person (youth) walk upright.

The youth should collectively and individually shurn moral decadence.

A youth, according to my understanding, is anyone beyond childhood but not yet married. The Bible is clear about how a young person should practise uprightness. It says, they should set good examples to (of) their fellow youth in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity.

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

1 Timothy 4:12

To achieve these five measures of uprightness, there are at least three things that a young person should do.

a) Shurn all forms of sexual immorality/ lascivious acts (1 Corinthians 6:9). These are sexual acts that are profane or against norm. These include fornication, adultery, sodomy, bestiality, masturbation e.t.c. God is against these acts because they spoil not only the mind but aslo the body.

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a man can commit is outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.

1 Corinthians 6:18

b) Avoid bad company. A bad company is a group of individuals, regardless of thier agesets, with evil motives, desires and deeds. They are the root of bad characters among the youth (1 Corinthians 15:33). They are the chief instigators of violence too. The youth should form part of good companies whose aims include propagating the gospel of peace and love and doing any fruitful activities that help with physical and spiritual growth.

c) Be hardworking.
Prov.12:24 says: “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.”

Hard work keeps a youth from two things: idling (an idle mind is the devil’s workshop) and theft which is a result of lacking personal needs. It is also from hard work that a youth can obtain any material gain to give to the needy.

Chilling out with friends can be relishing but one should consider their type of friends.

How can a young person achieve these three goals?

There are at least five things within the control of a young person that if they do, can make them achieve these three goals, and ultimately the measures of walking upright. Here they are:

I. Protecting the eyes from seeing evil things such as porns and other obscene clips. The eye is the window to the soul and, thus, the source of evil predilections, desires and thoughts.

II. Protecting the mouth from saying evil things that can promote violence and prompt sexual immorality, and instead using it to spread love, peace and faith.

III. Protecting the ears from hearing or listening to destructive sounds such as erotic and vile music and conversations that only promote lasciviousness, hatred and violence.

IV. Protecting the hands from touching evil things, including stolen objects and all ungodly items.

V. Protecting the legs from moving to evil places such as brothels, drinking sprees and sorcerer’s domiciles.

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Thanks for reading through till the end. Next time, if God allows, we shall tackle how a married person can walk uprightly before God.

30 Comments

  1. Mike U. says:

    Well researched and written with a depth of understanding. Good job, Lamittan. πŸ™‚

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    1. Many thanks to you, Mike, for taking time to read and comment. πŸ™

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    2. Electan Ellon says:

      Waah, that’s wow. So impressive πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ πŸ‘πŸ‘. Keep it up

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      1. Thank you so much for taking your time to read and make such a noteworthy comment, Electan. I’m very glad you liked it. πŸ‘

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  2. Jeffry Thompson says:

    This is such an insightful and helpful post, Lamittan my lil brother. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Thank you so much, senior brother Jeffry. I’m very much pleased you liked it.

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      1. James Gitau says:

        Wonderful teaching bro.

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      2. Thanks, brother James. Do you remember that hot discussion at the u-lab last year? πŸ˜… Certainly you know it promoted this. I’m glad you enjoyed this. πŸ˜„πŸ€

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      3. Jeffry Thompson says:

        You’re welcome, lil bruh.

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  3. Jaya Avendel says:

    I am interested by your thought-process and the conclusions you draw of what one kind of lifestyle will teach and lead people into. It is important to walk upright but, in order not to break, also be flexible. πŸ™‚

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    1. I appreciate your sentiments about it, Jaya. It’s undeniably true that the stricter, the uncompliable, to many, πŸ˜„. Thanks for your thoughtful comment, dear. 😊

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  4. Betty Oketch says:

    It seems then that walkin upright is a little more tough than I could imagine, I see. Erokamano kuom puonj mamitno, Felix.

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    1. Thank you so much, mum. Your support is invaluable. I’m glad you’re reading.

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      1. Obong eno says:

        You did justice to get topic, thanks dear Lami ❣️

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      2. Thanks too and you’re most welcome, my friend. ❀❀

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      3. Obong eno says:

        Okay bro πŸ₯°

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  5. Love the title of your poem Lamittan.

    maybe i should send you to my “children” I tried:
    πŸ€£πŸ’–πŸ€£
    This means children should be submissive and allow their parents or guardians to direct all the things they do in their personal lives, between them and other family members”.

    Parenting definitely requires the patience of Jobe! πŸ’–

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    1. 🀣🀣🀣 Parenting, I’d fully agree, is always not an easy task at all. Most children aren’t submissive nowadays πŸ˜„. I’m glad you enjoyed this piece, dear. Thank you abundantly. πŸ’–πŸŒ·πŸ’–

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      1. ain’t it the truth and I don’t believe in a heavy hand or using the wooden spoon I hear about and they come around in their own time with love, correction, consequences and cutting their phone off from time to time. Sadly, I can’t do that anymore … 🀣🀣🀣 (they called me back then). hahah. It’s a pleasure my friendπŸ’–

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      2. Much pleasure, dear. πŸ’–β€πŸ’•

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  6. Daphny Aqua says:

    Such a nice post Lam and a great topic to talk about. Earlier days I feel parents take a lot of advantage on Ephesians 6:1 Children obey your parents in the Lord for this is right but in today’s generation it is quite the opposite parents usually do anything to please their kids. Just my observation haha… I am no parent so I don’t exactly know for sure. πŸ˜‚

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    1. I feel the same too, Daph. It’s this excessive pleasing that has spoilt today’s kid. They grow up believing the world is such a pleasant place and people very kind, but then before they brace themselves for the reality that awaits them, they are submerged into great dilemma when they begin to face horrid situations and meet unkind people. And because they haven’t been exposed before to that form of hardship and unkind souls, they lack the fortitude and resilience to live it. No wonder the increase in cases of suicides among children and youth. πŸ₯²πŸ₯² Quite sad.

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      1. Daphny Aqua says:

        I have been saying that to people, I agree a 100%. Their mentality isn’t strong enough to face the world and one simple hardship leads to suicide. Sometimes I wonder if they were in our place what would happen.

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      2. Yes. It’s the result of today’s parenting. I’d agree more. A little suffering and one feels like taking away thier life, too bad. πŸ€”

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      3. Daphny Aqua says:

        I know, one has no longer value of life. People are struggling just to stay alive as long as they ca, trying to get the best care they can and here they are a lil hardship and they try to end their life.

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      4. Quite sad indeed! It’s vents my spleen. I’m glad we both think it together.

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      5. Daphny Aqua says:

        I am glad as well. Finally someone who thinks as me.

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  7. Wise Hearted says:

    What a challenge from the Lord to parents and those in charge of young people to help them live this way. When youth lack biblical guidance they will naturally fall back on their old nature. I am so grateful for salvation and the Word that guided us in how to raise our children so these principals would not depart from them as they became adults. Of course they failed at times to follow God, like all of us they also learned forgiveness from the Lord and the strength to face their own failings and rise up from it and be thankful for I John 1:9. Good reminder brother.

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    1. O thank you so much, dear. It’s so heartwarming to see you write these profound reviews of my work. It’s indubitably true that parenting is a hard task and that children at times ought to learn from mistakes. And the youth too from theirs. Much appreciated. God bless. 🌺🌺

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