My father thought there were enough creeps in the world, so he aimed at not adding more to the tally as his 8 children left home to meet the world. The dictionary calls creep a slang term and describes a creep as An annoyingly unpleasant or repulsive person. I don’t recall my father ever spelling out a definition of a creep for us, but we certainly all understood exactly what he meant.
- Creeps lie.
- Creeps take what isn’t theirs.
- Creeps speak disrespectfully.
- Creeps take the easy way out.
- Creeps mooch rather than work.
- Creeps laugh at others misfortune.
- Creeps walk away when others need help.
- Creeps are an embarrassment to their family.
That’s a short list, but I think you can get the idea. My father had a standard that he used to raise his family. Until we hopefully meet in our next life, I won’t ever know for certain where he came up with his standard. He did believe strongly in God and we did go to church, but we were never beaten over the head with the Bible to correct our behavior. My father simply wasn’t a creep and he just lived an example life for us.
Today, as I read the Bible looking for help as a parent, I keep running into examples of just how right on my father was in his example life and his teachings. Could I accept a lesson in truth from a liar? Would I grow up respectful of others, if my dad had been disrespectful to others?
You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
(1 Thessalonians 2:10-12 NIV)
Perhaps as a parent, I am on a parallel path with my father, just offset by 40 years? I owe a great debt to both God and my father. I will continue to reflect on both of their examples, as I try and not add my sons to the list of creeps in the world.