“THE RITES OF SPRING”
“While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”  (Genesis 8:22)
    Seasons come and seasons go.  On the heels of every passing season is another one, anxiously determined to replace the one that has run its course. The cycle is endless and has been for thousands of years.  People may change to some degree, but the seasons are pretty much the same year after year.  Oh, some may be a bit more intense than previous years, but they still remain eerily familiar.
    Spring is the season of the year that cries out, “I’m alive.”  You see life everywhere the trees are adding on a new coat of green leaves.  Flowers are blooming everywhere in every imaginable color, all quite beautiful.  The insect world awakens to a life of buzzing, building and just being busy.  Butterflies dance around from one blooming flower to the next to do the job they were created for—pollination (to keep the flowers blooming beautifully year after year).  Up and down every street you hear the laughter of excited children playing and screaming as if to say, “Welcome spring, we have been waiting for you so long.”  There are sights that are too numerous to mention, but I am sure you can use your imagination.  But, there is another sight that has become all too common, and it is not very pleasant.
    Spring break is a time when high school and college kids descend on Florida beaches or other places to come “alive” with a week of partying, playing and, in general, engaging in unrestrained debauchery.  Alcohol flows freely, drugs permeate the air with its sickening smell; illicit sex of every kind is performed both publicly and privately.  These kids are defiant to any form of authority and resent and resist any one who tries to correct them.  Many motel rooms are left in shambles because the wild parties go completely unchecked.  The utter disrespect these kids show towards civil behavior is disturbing, to say the least.  Do they not have any character?
  What about the parents of these kids?  Do they not realize what their kids are doing?  Therein lies a big part of the problem—many parents seem not to care.  Some will even finance this week long binge of partying, playing and sickening behavior.  And we wonder why our world is in such disarray.  Many parents have ceased to be parents, i.e., leading, guiding and teaching by example.  God is not in their thoughts.  Church has become nothing more than a weekly social club, and commitment to spiritual things (Bible study, prayer, etc.), simply does not exist.  Discipline is rare and almost non-existent.  A child may be reprimanded for poor grades, but seldom for bad (I mean BAD) behavior.  The kids, for the most part, are pushed to a secondary level and left to do for themselves.  This is tragic, because as Proverbs 29:15 states, “The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.”
   What is the solution to this growing poison in our society?  The answer is simple, but so few want to hear it.  Jesus Christ is the answer.  He is real and will change the carefree, calloused heart into a converted heart.  He will cause those who receive Him to desire spiritual enlightenment rather than sensual excitement.  The “TRUE” Christian will realize very quickly that these “Spring Break” escapes are not the place for their children.  Parent, be a parent to your child, not a best friend.  Be the right kind of example: 
   1.   By receiving Christ as you Savior; 
   2.   By being faithful to the Lord and His Word
   3.   By supporting and participating in a good, Bible-preaching, Bible-practicing church
   4.   By encouraging your child in spiritual things
   5.   By redeeming the time
  Do not wait until it is too late.
                                                                                                                                                     Pastor H. Preston Parker