A man was having a lot of problems with his computer, nothing he tried seemed to work. He touched every key on the keyboard, moved the mouse up and down, yet still nothing. He tried everything he knew, to no success. Out of frustration and after totally giving up, he decided to send back the computer. He called the computer manufacturer; they, in turn, put him on to customer support. And this is how the call went:
Man: "Hello, My computer is broken, I need my money back"
Helpdesk: "Sir I am sorry for your inconvenience, what seems to be the problem?"
Man: "I just told you, it doesn't work!"
Helpdesk: "Sir, can you be more specific?"
Man: "I've tried everything, and it won't let me in"
Helpdesk: "Have you tried turning it off and on?"
Man: "Yes, Do I look stupid?"
Helpdesk: "Sir, could you do me a favor and check if it is plugged in?"
Man: "Of course it is."
Helpdesk: "Sir, Just Please check, I need to cross off all the obvious things to diagnose the problem."
Man: "OK, whatever, let me check."
<1 minute later>
Man: "<chuckling…> The funniest thing happened, I bought a new printer and needed to test it, so I plugged out the computer and plugged in the printer, how did you know?"
Helpdesk: "Don't worry, we call that a PBKC error. We see it all the time"
Man: "What is a PBKC error?"
Helpdesk: "Problem Between Keyboard and Chair".
Now you may be wondering, what does this have to do with your baby's dedication today.
This situation is no different in today's society. Many parents all over the world are throwing their hands up in the air, saying "I don't know what to do with this child."
Children as young as two years old are the heads of the home, and whatever they say goes. Teenagers are causing parents heartaches, and they are turning into adults that are unstable and dependent.
Many parents wish they could return their children and get their money back. However, if there existed customer support for children, these customer support agents would tell you that one of the most common problems they find is … Not a PBKC error but a PBGC error. Problem Between God and Child. Now don't misinterpret this to mean God has a problem with your child – It means the problem is with whatever lies in between God and the child. In this case, anyone who is supposed to make the connection is not doing it correctly.
The first person responsible for making that connection is the father. The father is the priest in his home and should set the standard with his example by having a personal relationship with God and defining the family values.
The next responsibility goes to the mother; she is the teacher and should teach the child all the characteristics God desires us to have and those that were present in Jesus as he walked this earth. The Bible lists out these characteristics as the fruit of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. It goes in more detail about love and tells us that love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, it does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
No child can learn these characteristics on their own, so the reason children do not have these characteristics is because there is a problem between the God and Child. You have to ensure that, you as the mother and father are not the problem.
There is one more reason children can have display a PBGC error. This is their friends and family. You can, as the parent, create an excellent environment for your children, teaching them the way of the Lord, but then you let them loose around family members who undo all your hard work. Or as they get older, fall in the wrong company that erases all that they learned.
It is your responsibility as parents to surround your child with positive influences. Ensure that your close friends and family members are people who have these same characteristics that you want your child to inherit. It may mean that the only time you can visit Aunty Sunita is when I am around. It may also mean that I will not allow you to play with David down the road.
So this dedic,n ation is first dedicating yourself to God, to carry out His will in your life, so he can empower you to carry out His will in your child that you will dedicate to His purpose today.