Parents key in bringing balance to youth schedules

It has been on my heart to write for a few months concerning the next generation of sports and activity scheduling, and then two wonderful columns related to this matter appeared in the opinion section of the Star News.

The first was a letter to dads on the fate of the next generation and the other was on the need for balance in sports and activity scheduling.

I thank Carey Casey, the CEO of the National Center for Fathering, for the piece on fatherhood and Don Heinzman, of ECM Publishers, for writing about the conflict between sports and activity schedules.

They convinced me it was time to sit down and write. My purpose is to encourage parents to speak up concerning Sunday morning and Wednesday evening sports schedules. These time frames used to be set aside for church activities.

I know because I have taught third grade Bible academy class for nine years, and I have seen what this does to the students’ attendance and their spiritual training.

Students are in schools that do not talk about God the Father but will teach about other gods and allow the misuse of God’s name. If their parents get them to church on Sunday, they probably have 60 to 90 minutes of learning, and the same for Wednesday night.

We all have 168 hours a week to schedule; the average 8- to 9-year-old sleeps nine hours a night, or 63 hours a week. There are 105 hours left, minus about 35 hours a week for school. This leaves 70 hours.

Where does the time to worship come in? Where is the church in this equation? We need a balance.

Parents, you will soon be signing up your children for activities and Sunday School registration. Which god are you committed to?

If it is God the Father, please speak up about the practice schedules and game schedules. Let them know that you want your child to be at church and not to be punished for doing so by not playing in the next game.

Nothing will change if you do not take a stand and speak up. Remember that the squeaky wheel will eventually get greased if it squeaks loud and long enough.

I’m very concerned for the direction of our nation and souls of our youth. I’m praying you will dare to be a Daniel and stand up for what is right. — Judy Mikkola, Ramsey