Tag Archives: Vigilance

Parents & Grandparents Must Be Vigilant at All Times: Part 2

After the incident of the little boy grabbed at the Target store, we had a Savage Family meeting. We had several of these as Greg grew. I cannot remember how many and they were not held on a regular basis; just when necessity required.

As a preface to this, I need to share – we taught Greg two principles that require mentioning here. We taught him to use his inside voice inside and to respect other people’s property. This second lesson included – when you are in a store if you pick up something and then drop it and break it, we have to pay for it. So, just don’t touch it and there will not be a problem. Now, back to the meeting.

I told Greg something almost exactly to these words. “Greg, based on the situation that happened recently at the Target store, we have some new information to give you. If anyone ever tries to grab you or take you, you have our permission to yell, scream, or shout to the top of your lungs, regardless of where you are. You have our permission to kick, break anything around you, and do anything you can to bring as much attention to yourself as possible.” We discussed what we meant by all this and I made sure he understood the context of why we gave him these amended instructions.

The truth is, children need to be empowered. Pedophiles and wicked people will use fear, intimidation, and their size to overpower and take advantage of children. Unless we tell children, unless we empower them, children will not know what is appropriate. If someone grabs your child, grandchild, or a child you are caring for, those first few seconds are precious and cannot be reclaimed. The child must be empowered to act quickly and they will if you tell them what to do.

In the Target store situation, I shared earlier, the wisdom of the mother and the courage and quick thinking of the manager were huge in that little boy being found relatively unharmed. Adding to that, children need instructions as to what to do if some wicked person seeks to take them. We must not assume they will know what to do in that split second decision time.

I am glad to report Greg never had to use the plan. I hope your child is never in a situation of being a potential victim. Let’s empower our children to be wise to the culture in which we live so they can remain safe and be all they can be for the glory of God. Have a great summer.

Leave a comment

Parents & Grandparents Must Be Vigilant at All Times: Part 1

Everyday, it seems, a news release is posted stating another child was abducted, or one is declared missing, or a new pedophile is exposed. Parents, grandparents, and all caretakers of children we must be on guard at all times. As Christians, our Lord called us to “love our neighbor” but sadly, we cannot always trust “our neighbor.” Allow me to share a very personal story.

When our son Greg was quite young, we lived in Fort Worth, Texas. In the Target store where we shopped on a regular basis a little boy became “missing” in that store. One minute he was with his mother the next minute he was out of sight.

Frantic, as you can image, the mother notified the manager’s office. She was very wise. The manager had the courage and the wherewithal to “lock down” the store. No one could enter and no one could leave until the little boy was found. They searched everywhere.

When they searched the women’s restroom, there he was. Two women had him. They had already changed his hair color and put a dress on him. They were prepared to walk him out the front door as a little girl never to be seen again. The God-given wisdom of the mother and the courage of that manager resulted in the rescue of that little boy who was taken.

If you can handle it, you need to watch the movie Taken or something in that genre. This is a cruel world in which we live and it is getting more dangerous all the time. Parents, grandparents, and caretakers of children we must be on guard at all times. Remember the truth and the principle found in I Peter 5:8. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

In Part 2, l tell about a family meeting that took place in our home as a result of this potential abduction at the Target store in Fort Worth, Texas.

Leave a comment