Juvenile Delinquent Elephants

A few years ago, South Africa’s Pilanesberg Wildlife Park was having a problem with juvenile delinquents killing their rhinos and harassing tourists. But they weren’t ordinary juveniles. They were young elephants.

This group of young elephants had been taken from their parents and released as a group into the park with no older elephants to give them guidance. As a result, the elephants took on such bad behavior some of them even had to be killed. As park rangers struggled with what to do, they arranged for some older male elephants to be flown in by helicopter.

Once the adult males arrived, they began bringing the wayward youth back in line and today the situation is under control.

Dads, could there be a lesson here for us? The Bible says “A child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.” The solution to juvenile delinquency is not more government spending, it fathers spending time with sons, a great way to redeem the time.

Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.

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