EAR PHONE ACCIDENTS
Be careful what you say on your ear phone.
And be careful how you judge!
"Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching." Proverbs 1:8.
Twenty-six times Solomon writes, "my son" followed by an exhortation such as, "Listen my son," or "My son, do not forget ..." Solomon is offering some concrete instruction to bolster his son’s insight and moral conditioning. There is a great emphasis in Proverbs for a son or daughter to listen to what Solomon has to say. His advice is right in line with what Christian parents today tell their kids. There is an emphasis here for children to listen to their moms and dads and to apply the lessons they teach about love, marriage, hard work and honesty.
There is an important lesson for the parents here as well. It is as important for the parents to teach as it is for the children to listen. Our kids can’t listen and they can’t learn if we are not actively instructing them. I think we parents make two grave mistakes when it comes to teaching lessons of life to our children.
Note: The rest of this article is on my Father column at Titus 2 In Action. If you have a chance, please link over there and read the rest of it. This article is a chapter in my book, Roaring Lions, Cracking Rocks and Other Gems From Proverbs. I am having a drawing for three copies of this book, and you can register by making a comment on the post previous to this one. The post is entitled Free Book Give-Away. Please feel free make a comment there. I will announce the winners on Wednesday of this week.
Thanks for reading!
And one more thing ... when I was a kid we used to sing, "We Gather Together" at our church. It may not be a distinctly Thanksgiving song, but I have always associated it with that. Here is a beautiful rendition of that song. I hope the spirit of Thanksgiving, and the wonderful Christian tradition behind it, will live on in this country for many more generations. "Thank you, Father, for our abundant blessings."
I'm at a Kansas Youth Festival in Salina, KS this weekend, a revival and fun-filled weekend for middle and high school youth. Unfortunately, my high school daughter and wife can't be there, but my Wyoming son (a youth minister) and Arkansas daughter (a Harding student) are coming in for it.
As a thank you to all of my readers I would like to give away three copies of my book, Roaring Lions, Cracking Rocks and Other Gems from Proverbs. To register you just have to leave a comment, even something as short as "hi." If you like it you can do a brief review on your blog later, but that is not a requirement (just a wish :).
Here is a picture of someone who seems happy receiving a copy!
This is Larie of My Heart Speaks. Larie writes frank and inspiring posts about her struggle with cancer and some of the emotional issues involved. One thing she asks of her readers - to pray for her!
Here are some pictures of my Harding daughter Jenny with fellow Zeta Rho buddies at a retreat. I have a video of them (there were 90 girls on the retreat) singing in a devotional, and it is beautiful, but I can't figure out how to move the video from FB to the blog. Jenny is on the exteme right in the ZP picture and in the 2nd row, 4th from the right in the other pic. She's on her way home for Thanksgiving!
Two pictures of our high school girl's golf team. They took 4th in the state. One picture is at the restaurant the night before. Whether they took first or not, they were going to have a good time.
A new blog has been started that deals with a number of family issues and relationships called Titus 2 In Action. There are a number of writers for it. I have an article posted on the site now on "Fatherhood."
I close with a quote from a great writer: "I used to believe our purpose in life was to find happiness. I don’t believe that anymore. I believe we are all given gifts from our Father and that our purpose is to offer them to him." In Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.