Do you remember GIGO? Garbage in, garbage out. Pastor husband and I were watching Cartoon Network with the boys this morning and there was a commercial for Kidz Bop. Well, we've had experience with Kidz Bop before; a little over a year ago McDonalds was giving KB cds in kids meals. Pastor and I listened to it and promptly tossed both cds in the trash. It was adult themed music sung by children. It was completely inappropriate for children! The commercial this morning had Lady Gaga on it! OMW! Really? Lady Gaga for children?? Why oh why would parents let their children listen to that??
You know, not much has changed since I was a kid though. Well, adult themed music wasn't marketed as kid music because kids were singing it but kids listened to it. Many of my friends when I was in 2nd grade were listening to Madonna's Like a Virgin. It wasn't just my unchurched friends either. My friends from church were bought tapes like that. My parents wouldn't buy it for me and wouldn't let me listen to it. My mother listened to everything she bought for me before she gave it to me. It was worth it to her even if she had to waste $12 and toss it in the garbage where it belonged. I didn't understand then, but I do now.
My mom and dad were guarding my heart! They were protecting me from having garbage IN so I wouldn't produce garbage! As a mom, I do that same thing for my kiddos. What is on my boys' MP3 players? Praise and Worship music, other songs about Jesus, and math songs (to help them learn math facts). For as long as I can, I will guard my children's hearts. That's my job as their momma. God entrusted these beautiful boys to me and expects me to protect them until they can protect themselves.
Are you guarding your child's heart? If you're not, please pray and ask God to show you how! Don't let the garbage of this world feed your child's soul.