Just as an aside: “Now I lay me down to sleep; I pray to God my soul to keep: if I should die before I wake, I pray to God my soul to take.” That’s the prayer my sister and I were taught by my mom. Of course, we were young and impressionable, and we were taught to get in the proper praying-position by being on our knees with our palms together and clasped under our chinny chin chins. That was a nightly routine. It was very effective in laying to rest all the trials and tribulations of the day (even though there was a monster in the closet next to my bed).
Atheist will probably say, “That’s indoctrination!” True, it is; on the other hand, it provides a foundation of support of a higher power that aids in reducing concerns of safety. In addition, when we add other prayers of support such as a song of David (the 23rd psalm), “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want, He makes me lie down in green pastures, He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness, for His names sake. Yea, I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever,” it provides a reassuring inner strength that, when added to physical awareness, is unbeatable.
Remember, we are molding a little stick of dynamite, a being that will make the world his for the taking. He will mold the world into what he wants it to be and adapt his conditions to suit his desires. Many individuals will say, “That’s easy for you to say, but how does one do that?” We at the “Bridge to Success” say, it’s also easy to do! Keep in mind, you set the stage, and when you treat life in such a way that it (life) is a barrel of fun, at the same time is a serious condition with consequences and alternatives, then you can mold your Little One into all he is meant to be. All you need to do is personalize the technique, method or whatever you want to call it as revealed on this site. Personalize means make it yours, make it fit the uniqueness of you and your child. If you need help, talk to me and our BOSP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My mom also taught my sister and me her other favorite song of David (the 100th psalm): “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before His presence with singing. Know ye the Lord He is God; it is He that has made us and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him and bless has name. For the Lord is good, His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endures to all generations.” That’s a powerful prayer, but it might be meaningless if you, the parent, cannot explain what it means. Well, what does it mean? When your little one asks, “What does, ’make a joyful noise unto the Lord mean?’ what would you say?
You might say, “That’s a good question: first of all, I’m sure you would agree that you did not make yourself, and I think you would also agree that we enjoy being alive: running, jumping, laughing, and surviving the challenges of life. “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord” means, thank your maker (thank you Lord for providing me with eyes that allow me to see the beautiful sunset, with a nose that can smell the yummy bar-b-que ribs dad makes, with ears that I can hear the music of my mom’s singing, etc, etc. That’s a good time to illustrate the value of thanking our Creator for what we have, as opposed to concerning ourselves with things we do not have.
Even as we talk, there are those who do not have eyes to see, ears to hear, voices to speak, legs to walk, arms to hug. Now might be a good time to talk about Nick Vujicic, an individual who was born without arms, and without legs; nevertheless he is an inspiration to millions of individuals who have all their physical anatomical assets: he is really something. He thanks God for being who he is. He has produced a tape about his belief in the goodness and love of God. You might want to share it with your Little One.
The atheists might say, “There is no God: praying, is a waste of time! Not only that, it’s easy for you to talk, but what about those poor individuals in the ghetto, the ones who are afraid of physical and/or mental abuse, the ones that are abused in one manner or another everyday of their lives: what about them?” The answer is, there might be nothing we can do about or for them in our “Bridge to Success.” However, when it comes to you and your Little One, you can not only protect him and arm him with the tools he needs to rise above the ghetto (victim) mentality, you can insure he will never, ever be poor or want for anything an individual can desire or need. That’s the gift you can provide to your Little One and the world. If prayer is not your cup of tea, don’t pray; nevertheless, if as a parent, you utilize the methods on this site, your Little One will never, ever be poor.
Please allow me to add one more thing: poor is a mindset, not a condition. An individual can have a ton of material things: houses, cars, clothes, money, etc., and still be poor. At the same time, an individual can be without the finest of material assets and not be poor. Our “Bridge to Success,” part one, sets you up to provide the mindset for your Little One so that he will never, ever be poor. Part two is designed to help guide you and your Little One through the joy of enjoying life as it is meant to be – “a barrel of fun.”
This site is designed from the point of view that, all you, the parent, need to do is, be totally honest with your Little One and
“Make it happen and make it fun.”