I Am Encouraged


We live in a sinful world. A world that could overwhelm us with discouragement if we let it.

Yesterday our first grade went to a local theater production called Seussical the Musical. It was sold as a blend of Dr. Seuss’ beloved classic stories formed into a cohesive story. While most of it was fun and very Dr. Seuss like, unfortunately it had a drunken scene, provocative dancers and a few characters inappropriately dressed. Hardly taken from Dr. Seuss books! There they were, performing for an audience full of early elementary aged children with scenes dealing with subjects children should not have to deal with.

One of our first grade teachers said a little girl in her class was talking about getting to stay up late to watch Desperate Housewives. Am I missing something here? OK, I admit, I have never seen Desperate Housewives. However, it is now on the Strohm household “ban” list. I am talking about the commercial ban list! We turn off the commercials for the show, never mind allow the producers to enter our living room with their program.

While this can discourage me, I am very, very encouraged by a generation of parents that God is raising up! A generation willing to stand up for what is right. Despite the cultural trends to allow more and more, they are holding back the ungodly influence for the sake of their children. No, this is not a generation of parents who are creating naive, foolish children. But rather a generation allowing their children to grow in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

May I encourage you to be such a parent? “No” or “our family does not watch that” are ok to say to your children. Set the example with your own viewing habits and keep those Loving Limits!

Proverbs 22:6

May God’s grace and peace be with you,
Mark Strohm, Jr.

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Mark Strohm

Husband, father, grandfather, Mark has served as teacher, school principal, church staff, seminar speaker, writer.

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