As I listened to the Whitney Houston "Home Going Service" today, I was struck by the wealth of love and support in the church. I wondered if she knew how much she was loved. I wondered how many attending the funeral called her on a regular basis to say, "I love you, I am thinking of you, I am praying for you or how can I help you. Sometimes, we just assume that our friends and family members will reach out for help if they need it. If a friend has a good job and a nice house, we assume that they have a great life. We measure happiness by beauty, money and fame.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The Bible is a fantastic teacher! As good parents, whether we consider ourselves religious, spiritual or even a non-believer, we all have common values that we want to share with our children. The principles of love, obedience, patience, kindness, forgiveness and peace are all covered in beautiful poetic language. I get excited when I am in a stressful situation and the perfect bible verse comes to mind. Wouldn't it be great if our children could find that internal resource in good and bad times?
Here are a few of the verses that I learned as a child, which have sustained me into adulthood. Although children may pretend that they are not listening, they remember the words and values that we share with them. We can share them at bed-time, in the car on the way to school or just in daily casual conversation.
- Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
- “My son, hear the instruction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother” Proverbs 1:8
- Honour thy father and thy mother that thy days may be long upon the land which the lord thy God giveth thee.