The Apostle Paul wrote to the young preacher named Timothy about the duties of the church in caring for the older people. There was not much welfare in those days. The question came up about caring for older people.
Paul said the family is to look after them as well as caring for the children. He was talking about food, shelter, and comforts for them. Normally the children or even younger nephews were instructed to look after them well. He said in his letter of I Timothy 5:8. "But if any provide not his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith and is worse than an infidel." Those are strong words form the mouth of the apostle. It simply means we are responsible for their welfare.
I did this for my aging parents, as I could. I did this for my own children and family. I wanted to do this and recognized it was my own responsibility. I will speak now especially of me and my wife's children. When they were young, and four of them at home, it took a lot of meals for them. Sometimes we scraped the bottom of the barrel and the pantry was slim but somehow we made it. We may have made the gravy thin to go around but we did our best. We tried to have enough clothes to wear. My wife was a seamstress and she would look for bargains of pieces of cloth and made much of their clothes. We also tried to be home when they were home to do our duties as parents. We took them to church where they learned much about what is wrong or right.
Let me relate something in my memory of one of our children when they were growing up. We always tried to have a vacation each year. We usually camped out in a different place every night. We took what I call traveling vacations. We had limited money and we knew when we got back home our bills were piling up to be paid.
Our youngest son is named Michael. One year the Southern Baptist Convention met in New Orleans. Michael was about 12 years old. My wife could not go so I invited Michael to go with me. He did and I was glad to have him along. I worried about his getting bored and tired of the long sessions. I learned he had a way of finding things to take up his time. The convention met in the huge Superdome. It will seat about 70,000 people. The convention ran about 14,000 messengers. So they set up the stage in the center and everyone sat on one side. After the convention started my son asked me if he could go exploring. I said yes, but don't get lost or forget where I am. He went exploring and in ten minutes he was back. He did this several times. The last session he went exploring again. I did not see him and he was gone an hour or more. I was wondering about him.
I looked across that huge building and saw some little boy walking behind the spectator's seats across the dome. I watched and it was Michael. I thought, my how would he get back. In about 20 minutes here he came. He was excited about the big Superdome. We left for home the next morning and I felt good about having him go with me. We need to do that some times with our children.