In Africa there is this general belief that children are meant to be trained and nurtured to adulthood. And when they have grown up to take responsibility, they are expected to reciprocate the gesture to their parents.
No doubt, our children are our only hope for the future, but we are their only hope for their present and their future, I don’t really think it’s ideal for a parent to take care of a child till he or she grows up and be left to be taken care of the parents when they are still able to do things for themselves.
I really do think it’s a curse when a parent waits for when a child or children will start to pay back all their responsibilities to him or her while growing up. Are we really training them so that we can eat the fruit of our labour through them or we are training them to be more responsible for themselves?
No doubt, children are the only future the human race has and that they are the rock on which our future will be built. They are greatest asset as a nation but not to the detriment of their own life and immediate family.
Obviously, this chapter of Apostle Paul’s message to the Corinthians has nothing to do with Africans because if it did, African parents especially my country, Nigeria acts contrarily.
2 Corinthians 12:14 “Here for this third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you; for I do not seek what is yours, but you; For Children Are Not Responsible To Save Up For Their Parents, But Parents For Their Children.”
Citing that those parents who are in turn waiting on their children to start catering for them, must have been literally acting in accordance with the Bible verse that says “children are the rewards of the righteous and “happy” is the man who has his quiver full of them for they shall stand in the gate.
Therefore some parents expect rewards from their children! Well whether you view it from religious perspective or from the cultural point of view, parents praying for “rewards” have done nothing wrong.
However this has become burdensome to some young people as many are indirectly under pressure to fulfill this cultural injunctions! This also stems from the fact that the age at which a child should start fending for African parents is not defined, this has led to some youths taking to crimes just to live up to this African societal expectations.
Reaping the fruits of your labour can be a prayer as well as a curse. What’s your view?
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