My kids love NickJr. Most days it's on at some point. There's a kids band on there and they show their videos during commercials. The one that they are playing REPEATEDLY these days is, "Just Like a Rock Star."
My kids love it. They know most of the words and they jump around and dance every time it comes on. Innocent enough right? I'm constantly striving to be aware of what my kids are absorbing and learning, from the things around them and from what they watch on TV.
So I got to thinking.
What are they learning if we learn to want to be just like a rock star by today's society's definition?
A few things that immediately come to mind:
Rich and famous.
Entrenched in worldly things.
Entrenched in material things and priorities.
possibly a substance abuser... and the list goes on and on..
I'm not saying this is the message of the song. The message of the song seems to be about having fun and working together with your friends. And that's fine. There's nothing wrong with having fun in of itself. I want my kids to have fun. But I don't want them to be just like a rock star if we're talking about a rock star in this day and age.
So I took a bit of liberty and defined it in a different way.
What does it mean to be a rock star?
Jesus is THE rock of my salvation. His banner over me is love.
And upon this ROCK, the church was built. He is our solid foundation. When we stand with him, we can not fall.
Lets be honest. Our lives here on earth do not even amount to a grain of sand when it comes to the grand scheme of eternity. This earth is not our home. Our citizenship is elsewhere. (Phil 3:20) And I pray that I teach my children that. It's so easy to get caught up in our every day lives and forget this. It happens to me all the time.
Call me a religious extremest or fanatic. Maybe you think I'm over analyzing it. And maybe that's true. But it really doesn't matter. What matters is that my children learn to love and please their Heavenly Father.
I'm not a perfect person or parent. I'll be the first to admit that. It's very rare that when I pillow my head at night that I'm not asking for forgiveness for getting so frustrated, for not being patient, for not being as kind as I should or for yelling. I'm not proud of any of that.
But I'm thankful God loved us enough to provide a reconciliation through His Son's blood.
We've just celebrated Christmas. A very large part of the population focuses on our Savior in a manger at this time of year. I'm thankful for that. But I also hope and pray that we focus on our Savior on the cross, every. single. day. of our lives.
Knowledge of him is power. Living for and shining for him makes someone a Rock star.
So do I want my kids to be just like a Rock star?
It's one of my daily prayers.