Message from the Secretary/Treasurer
Thomas T Roy
Superintendent and Secretary/Treasure
Lott Carey Baptist Mission in India
Greetings to the Somerville Family
It is indeed a pleasure and privilege to address the children and parents of our schools. Children are a gift from God. They are individuals and not the property of their parents. Children brought up in the same family, under the same conditions may show different traits, attitudes and habits. Our duty as parents is to bring them up the right way, by being their role models.
All children crave for is the love, care and attention of their parents. When they do not get this at home, they seek it elsewhere and get into undesirable company, which may cause lifelong heartaches for them and their parents.
Spending quality time with children is very important. Wealth does not make a child happy. Your child wants your time and not your gifts or the expensive toys you may give him. I have seen gloomy children sitting in costly cars, while children from slums are playing happily with toys they have made for themselves. It is understood that times are such that both parents have to work to earn a decent living. However, this great wish to be good providers and earn more and more leads to homes and families being neglected. Little do such parents realise that what children value and desire the most is the time their parents spend with them. When you get back from work, devote some time to your children even while you are attempting to complete your household chores.
Disciplining a child is one of the most difficult tasks for parents and often unpleasant for children. Yet it has to be done with a firm hand and a loving heart. Some parents feel that their children will love them more if they give them whatever they ask for. This is the most imprudent notion. If you look around you will find that a well disciplined child loves his or her parents much more than a pampered child. If I may quote from the Holy Bible it says in Proverbs Chapter 29-Vs 15 that “To discipline a child produces wisdom, but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined child.” Parents must consider the benefit of due correction, and the consequence of undue indulgence.
Children are our most precious gifts from the Lord, and it is our duty to raise them as kind, honest and hardworking individuals not as potential money-earning machines, without any good values in life and the belief that acquiring worldly possessions is the ultimate goal of their lives.
My message to all our children is: obey your parents; love and respect them. Do not let peer pressure take you into dark streets which eventually end up in ruining your life and cause immense sorrow and humiliation for your loving parents. Always remember, there is no short cut to success. Our jails are full of people who took short cuts to success. Give the first place in your life to God, and then everything will automatically fall into the right place.
May God bless each child and each parent and may He guide them and be with them that they might become examples for the community.