Posts Tagged ‘Parenting’

Too many creeps in the world

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

Too many creeps in the world

in: Bible Reference, Christianity, Parenting

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.

Tucked in the middle

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

Tucked right in the middle of Christ’s teachings within the book of Matthew is a very short and powerful verse that caught my attention this morning. This verse comes after the well know beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-11) and much before He calls for our great commission (Matthew 28:18-20) to teach the world his ways.

Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
(Matthew 5:19)

The words ‘shall break …. shall teach men so” and “shall do and teach” that really caught my attention. It’s not just about what we do ourselves, God is also paying attention to what we teach others. Scary to think that to some extent I will be judged for every moment of my life, since we are all constantly teaching others through example. This is especially so with our kids. It’s easy to remember to point out to my kids when I have kept a commandment, but how often have I unknowingly failed to keep commandments, even little ones, in front of my children? What was I teaching them then?

School of hard knocks

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

truck1.jpgFor our boys, the school of hard knocks seems to be in session year round. That sometime seems to be the only way they learn anything. Do you think that our 4 year old learned not to park his truck behind momma’s car? Nope. He learned that he had 4 new tire toys to roll around the driveway. As parents we are also going through our own hard knocks school. I think we did OK on this toy quiz. I would bet that driving over a $300 truck is just as easy driving over this $20 Walmart truck.

Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
(Proverbs 31:10-12,25-30)