I am just amazed at the way that God teaches us and uses other people to speak into our hearts and lives. Last week, I talked about how much I learn from our team members at Simmons. Last night, my 7 year old was the teacher. I was reminded last night that some things are just “more very important”...
Let me start with a disclaimer. No, I am not talking about you…nor your boss! No, your wife didn’t call and suggest that you might need to read this. No, I don’t consider myself a control freak…except maybe in things that really matter to me…things like the garden and the lawn.
We probably fall into two different categories, the control freaks and those who have to deal with the control freaks…at least that was my opinion until I read the book, “THE CONTROL FREAK …COPING WITH THOSE AROUND YOU. TAMING THE ONE WITHIN.” By Les Parrott III, PHD. Wow, that last part about taming the one within kind of hurts.
I think God has a sense of humor. In fact, I know He does. So yesterday, I was thinking about what I would write about for this week’s Notes for the Journey blog. I thought, “Hey self, maybe I should write something on parenting.” Seemed like a great idea. I jotted down a few notes, planning to come in this morning and WOW our readers with my depth of knowledge regarding the world of parenting...
I was sitting at a table at ONYX Coffee Lab in Springdale with my mentor early one morning in April last year. The focus of our conversation was how to better invest in our family. We had been meeting once a month for the last four months. I had his trust and he had mine. There was a moment where the conversation paused and he asked a question that I will never forget, “Nick, where is your finish line?”
For me, this quote is less about a medical examination - it speaks about an examination of the soul...the life. I have thought a lot about those words since serving as Chaplain for Simmons the last few years. I find myself in situations with people almost every day where they are in a position, whether by choice or crisis, to examine what is really important in life.
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"Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court." | Psalm 127:3-5 (NIV)
"Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” | Ephesians 6:1-3 (NIV)
"These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates." | Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (NIV)
"Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it." | Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)
"Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." | Ephesians 6:4 (NIV)
"Discipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire." | Proverbs 29:17 (NIV)
"A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone." | Billy Graham
"There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child." |Henry Ward Beecher
"We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves." |Henry Ward Beecher
"There are illegitimate parents, but I don't believe there are any illegitimate children." |Rick Warren
"As parents, you may confidently rear your children according to God's Word. While bringing up your children, you are to remember that your children are not your "possessions" but instead are the Lord's gift to you. You are to exercise faithful stewardship in their lives." |John C. Broger
"Faithfully disciplining (training, educating, correcting) your child in a manner that pleases the Lord is an expression of biblical love. It also is a step of obedience for you as a parent and provides godly direction for your child." | John C. Broger
"What a mercy was it to us to have parents that prayed for us before they had us, as well as in our infancy when we could not pray for ourselves!" |John Flavel
"Remember that you are not called to produce successful, upwardly mobile, highly educated, athletically talented machines...Giving your children great opportunities is good; it is not, however, the goal of parenting. Christlikeness is. Above all, seek to raise children who look and act a lot like Jesus." |Chip Ingram
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