Godly advice for primary students

Hundreds of primary school students gearing up for the next stage of their educational journey, were this morning encouraged to let God take over as they embark on this new phase of their lives.

Students at the On The Road to High School service.

At On The Road To High School, a prayer event hosted by the organizers of Barbados Gospelfest, students from primary schools across the island worshipped under the theme Lord You Tek Over at New Dimensions Ministries.

For almost seven years, the graduating classes and some class three students of primary schools have attended this service, which aims to act as a means of spiritual preparation for secondary school. Through sing along worship, dance offs, musical selections and brief words of advice, the children were involved in the event.

Gospel artiste Bridget Blucher has a word of advice for students, telling them that they are fearfully and wonderfully made. “This is what I want you to leave here knowing that you are God’s gift for this earth and He has placed you here because you have something to deposit in this generation. So let no one tell you that you can’t do what God has created you to do and He has created you to be winners,” she encouraged.

Thirteen-year-old Travis Britton challenged the students to prioritize God in their lives, always putting Him before anything else. He referenced Proverbs 3: 5-6 which tells readers to trust in the Lord, acknowledge Him and He will direct their paths.

Britton urged, “Do not be afraid to ask the Lord for help. Everyone at some point in their lives hits that bump in the road and this bump is called life. As you grow and develop, life gets harder and it may seem as if the world is against you, but God will never be.”

A steel pan rendition by Notes of Praise.
A dance presentation by students of The Rock Christian School and Blackman and Gollop Primary School.
From left, siblings Kaziah, Karlainah, Jayden, Jesse and Kayandra Chitan performing a melody of songs.
From left, Zanaya Duke, Sherquan Jay and Azera Lee, winners of the dance-off competition.

The Harrison College student assured the students that because they are young, mistakes will be made but God will always be there no matter what happens in their lives.

“Your friends may try to influence you to think that whatever they are doing is best for you, but they are wrong. Only God has the best interest at heart for you. When you give him your life and allow him to take over, the chains of peer pressure will slowly begin to shatter when you allow him to guide you,” he said.

As they enter secondary school, Britton cautioned students about striving for popularity which, he said, is insignificant and small in the eyes of God. He told each child to be a furnace, a force to be reckoned with, and an inspiration to others.

4 Responses to Godly advice for primary students

  1. allison archer May 26, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    don’t only give advice but let the little ones see that a Godly life can be accomplish by watching those that have called themselves Christians, following in Jesus’ footsteps therefore no hypocrisy in our lives

  2. jrsmith May 26, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    My preference would be to buy all the kids a which magazine……

  3. jennifer May 26, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Stupssssseeeeeeeee. Better go and research your religion. Before it is too late. Riddled in white supremacy, and man made doctrines and philosophies. Adding to the book.

  4. Joan Worrell May 26, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Sweden is the first country to ban corporal punishment. It was enforced in 1979. They practice what is called permissive parenting. Are their children better than the Lester Vaughn children? Read the following

    Is Sweden Raising a Generation of Brats? That rhetorical question is the title of an article by Jens Hansegard in the WSJ. The problem in Sweden, though, is merely an exaggerated version of a problem pervading western societies. It is of interest here because bad parenting is one of the primary real “root causes” of crime.

    At the center of the discussion is David Eberhard, a Swedish psychiatrist and father of six who published a book titled “How Children Took Power” last year that sparked fierce debate.

    Dr. Eberhard says Sweden’s child-centric model has “gone too far” and his book suggests the over-sensitivity to children and a reluctance to discipline has bred a nation of ouppfostrade, which loosely translates to “badly raised children.” “All this kowtowing to the kids actually causes kids and society more harm than good,” Dr. Eberhard said in an interview. He suggests the trend could contribute to higher anxiety levels or depression at a later stage in life for these children.

    * * *

    “The kids of today, who are the children of parents who did not experience much discipline themselves, become very obstinate and self-centered,” says Ida-Maria Lindros, 31, a teacher outside of Stockholm. A typical scene at her school might go like this: “I ask a child to clean up after himself, and he replies ‘No, you’re not my boss, you cannot decide what I’m supposed to do,’ ” she says. “They’re very anti-authoritarian.”

    The perils of permissiveness have been known for decades. Way back in the 60s, Diana Baumrind of UC Berkeley identified three parenting styles, which she called authoritarian, authoritative, and permissive. Authoritarian is just what you would think it is. Permissive, in Baumrind’s work, is the kind of parenting that Eberhard denounces in Sweden. Authoritative is the kind we saw modeled on television from Father Knows Best to The Cosby Show. The parents listen to their children and explain the reasons for their decisions, but at the end of the episode the parents are boss, they have standards, and the children must obey. Baumrind’s research showed authoritative parenting produced the best results. Father really did know best. That result has been duplicated, for the most part, many times since.

    Later researchers identified two variations of permissiveness: permissive-indulgent and permissive-neglectful. (“Don’t bother me kid, I’m watchin’ the game. Go play in the street.”) Unfortunately, the permissive style has not received as much research attention as the others, with much more research being done on authoritative v. authoritarian. This is in accordance with the standard corruption of academia by Political Correctness. Given that authoritarian parenting is associated with a conservative worldview and permissive-indulgent with a liberal one, there is much more interest in denouncing the former than the latter. This is unfortunate because, in the western world today, permissive parenting is far more prevalent and therefore a much greater danger.

    Permissiveness spread beyond parenting into schools, especially with the rise of self-esteem fanaticism. We mustn’t chastise children, no matter what they do, because that might damage their fragile self-esteem, and low self-esteem is the cause of all the problems in the world. What a crock, yet it quickly became unchallengeable dogma in many schools.

    People are basically animals, a small step removed from the beasts from which we evolved. To live in society we have to be trained. We have to have prosocial values instilled. Expecting them to blossom spontaneously is romantic nonsense. Concepts of duty, integrity, responsibility, and respect for others have to be taught to children by growing up in families, schools, and organizations where rules are fair and make sense but must be obeyed.

    Letting kids do whatever they want, making rules optional, and lavishing praise when nothing has been done to earn it is a recipe for raising profoundly maladjusted children. This is culture rot. If we want to get to the true root causes, this is the place to start.


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