Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hope For A Messed Up Family

I don't know where your family is or how it got there.  Maybe you don't either.  So start over. 

Love God until you sing praise to him in your dreams. 

Love your wife or husband until they giggle in the presence of the kids. 

Love your church (the people) to the point of sacrificing for the needy. 

Love sinners to the point that you pray for them and share the gospel with them. 

Love your children so much that you smile every time you look at them. 

End negative speech about everybody and everything except sin and the devil. 

Make yourself and your family healthy with good eating and exercise. 

Experience the excitement of learning and growing with your children. 

Learn anything useful and do anything productive. 

Make money, make music, make a garden, make everybody laugh. 

Through a variety of experiences, let each child discover his own interests and then excitedly aid him in pursuing his goals.

Above all, do what God did to equip us: teach Bible stories. 

 God tells us that all the stories of the Bible, Old and New Testament, are given as an example for our learning.  These stories impart knowledge, wisdom, fear of walking in sin, judgment, and appreciation for righteousness and God's sweet blessings. The very knowledge your children gain will give them understanding regarding the deceitfulness of sin and the blessings of obedience.  These old stories are there not only to teach our minds, but also to mold our hearts.

Michael Pearl (My very favorite Bible teacher)

There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God. 
Ecclesiastes 2:24