For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy.
Have you ever heard or used the phrase, “I’ve lived a sheltered life”? Usually we say it in a derogatory sense but look at what the dictionary has to say about this great word.
1. something beneath, behind, or within which a person, animal, or thing is protected from storms, missiles, adverse conditions, etc.; refuge.
2. the protection or refuge afforded by such a thing: He took shelter in a nearby barn.
3. protection from blame, incrimination, etc.
4. a dwelling place or home considered as a refuge from the elements: Everyone’s basic needs are food, clothing, and shelter.
5. a building serving as a temporary refuge or residence for homeless persons, abandoned animals, etc.
6. Finance. tax shelter.
-verb (used with object)
7. to be a shelter for; afford shelter to: The old barn sheltered him from the rain.
8. to provide with a shelter; place under cover.
9. to protect, as by shelter; take under one’s protection: Parents should not try to shelter their children from normal childhood disappointments.
10. Finance. to invest (money) in a tax shelter.
-verb (used without object)
11. to take shelter; find a refuge: He sheltered in a barn.
12. Finance. to invest money in a tax shelter.
To be sheltered from certain life experiences is a good thing. As a father I shelter my children all the time, exposing them to different life scenarios only when I feel they are ready to learn from whatever the situation might be.
If you are a parent don’t be afraid to shelter your children. Do it with wisdom. If you are a child and think you “live a sheltered life” (quotes are meant to emphasize my sarcasm) I promise, it’s not a four-lettered word and it’s not a STD. Let your parents shelter you. It will pay off in the long run.
Top Ten reasons why kids should be sheltered:
- Read ‘Lord of the Flies’ and you’ll think twice about letting the kiddies out of your site.
- Kids need to be sheltered so that they don’t grow up to be stupid adults.
- Bill Cosby says kids are brain damaged…nuff said.
- Shelter today or prison tomorrow.
- Kids, without proper direction, always miss the mark.
- Kids need to be sheltered from the monsters and the perverts.
- Parents who shelter their kids will raise kids that will one day shelter their parents.
- Kids need to be sheltered from the bankrupt politicians.
- Wisely sheltered children are less likely to end up in the human trafficking market.
- If it’s good enough for cats and dogs it will probably work for kids too.