Noble Character

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In the last two years I have gained a great appreciation for motherhood. As a single parent you soon learn, you can’t do it all. Earn a living working a full time job, especially ministry. Keep up with the household chores. For me to rear two very active children by myself was a challenge. And even find time for your own personal needs. One quickly learns to prioritize your needs!

Dads have a very special role in the life of the family, but mothers too have a special role, that cannot be filled by the father. I can be there for Brooks and Jonathan, but I can’t replace their mother. Vickie had a way of being tender and sweet, that I could never begin to fulfill. There is just a difference in the way men and women think. It doesn’t make one right and the other wrong, it is just different.

A mother was concerned about her only son going off to college. She wrote the following letter to the college president: Dear Sir: My son has been accepted for admission to your college and soon he will be leaving me. I am writing to ask that you give your personal attention to the selection of his roommate. I want to be sure that his roommate is not the kind of person who uses foul language, or tells off-color jokes, smokes, drinks, or chases after girls. I hope you will understand why I am appealing to you directly. You see, this is the first time my son will be away from home, except for his three years in the Marine Corps.

The Bible says to “train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” I am amazed at the number of things that I learned from my mother. At the time I didn’t think they were important and some things I didn’t even think I would remember, but I did. Did you read in the Reader’s Digest about the bachelor who moved into his first apartment? He asked a neighbor lady who had a motherly and helpful look about how to make coffee. She gave him step by step directions. A few days later they passed in the hall and she asked how his coffee making was coming along. He said, “Well, to be truthful it went okay at first. But lately it has been really terrible. By the way, how often should I change the coffee?”

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. As you sit and listen to the reading of this proverbs, the woman of noble character almost seems perfect. The proverbs doesn’t talk about a perfect woman, but a godly woman! It isn’t so much what the woman does that brings her praise by the writer of the proverbs, as much as the character she has.

It is because of her character that she is such a hard worker. It is her character that makes her so wise. It is her character that makes her such a giving person to her family and to the community. It is her character that makes her so well respected in the city. Character surpasses just doing good things. Character is an inward quality, by choice. We can learn what character is by observing others who have character. But to possess character, comes only by choice.

Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Billy Graham tells about the time he was on a plane and the man sitting immediately in front of him had been drinking to excess. The man became rather loud and abusive. Finally the stewardess said to him, “Sir, do you know that Billy Graham is sitting right behind you?” The man turned around and said, “I’m so glad to meet you. I went to one of your crusades and it changed my life!”

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. The Christian way is not the “middle way” between extremes but the “narrow way” between precipices. Two mothers were charged with first degree murder in Miami. They left their children locked in a room and went out for a night on the town. The children got out and one of them drowned. The single mother deferred her active social life by saying that she needed a life. The difference is found in character. …but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Character comes from a deep Christian faith. A person is never really whole until they are a Christian.

How does one develop character? The famous cuckoo bird never builds its own nest. It flies around until it sees another nest with eggs in it and no mother bird around. The cuckoo quickly lands, lays its eggs there, and flies away. The thrush, whose nest has been invaded, comes back. Not being very good at arithmetic, she gets to work hatching the eggs. What happens? Four little thrushes hatch, but one large cuckoo hatches. The cuckoo is two or three times the size of the thrushes. When Mrs. Thrush brings to the nest one large, juicy worm, she finds four petite thrush mouths, one cavernous cuckoo mouth. Guess who gets the worm? A full-sized thrush ends up feeding a baby cuckoo that is three times as big as it is.

Over time, the bigger cuckoo gets bigger and bigger, and the smaller thrushes get smaller and smaller. Paul teaches in Romans 8:5-8 that spiritually speaking, you’ve got two natures in one nest. The nature that you go on feeding will grow, and the nature that you go on starving will diminish. Paul said it best, When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.

An Ethical Look At Cloning

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On February 24, 1997, news breaks that the Roslin Institute in the United Kingdom had successfully cloned a lamb. The institute was able to take cells from the breasts of an adult lamb, and culture the tissue in vitro. Take an “enucleated” egg (A reproductive egg that has had all of its genetic code removed) and put the nucleus of the cultured cell in the egg. Place the new egg in a surrogate mother.
The resulting birth is a kidd that is genetically identical to the lamb where the breast tissue was abstracted.

Scientifically, this work clearly demonstrates the effectiveness of nuclear transfer. Fertilization, between a mom and a dad is not necessary. Fertilization, takes the two sets of chromosomes, merges them, and causes cell multiplication. Now, we can take one set of chromosomes and cause cell multiplication. We call it cloning.

This has opened up a whole new set of possibilities. Animal breeding companies are already interested because they can clone their best animals. Farmers could have better quality meat faster. Milk production could be greatly increased. Already there are a number of drugs that are made from human proteins. It is a slow and painstaking process to get these proteins for the drugs. This would open new doors of obtaining the proteins. With this process, sheep and cattle can be genetically altered to produce human proteins in their milk, so that the proteins can be obtain for the manufacture of medications.

However, the best possibility of all, is now we know that the DNA of all living animals can be altered. This means the elimination of birth defects. This means that certain genetic disease may be prevented or even cured: Cancer, cystic fibrosis, Huntington, and diabetes. Already for a number of years a form of cloning has taken place for burn victims. Skin tissue has been taken and cultured artificially. So that new skin can replace the old burnt tissue. This means that it is very possible to develop this technique to the point where science can clone an organ. Need a new liver, we can make it. Need a new heart, we can make it for you. No longer having to wait for someone else to die, for you to live.

As one might imagine, there is also the potential for the down side of cloning. The news of the cloning hit in February, and in March the President appointed a panel to research the issue. The panel was called the “National Bioethics Advisory Commission.” Even before the panel gave its finding two senators and one representative had already introduced bills to ban human cloning. Somehow, cloning seems to have gotten linked to abortion.

Why? Because at the very heart of the issue is the question, “what exactly is a human being?” The way most scientists define humans is after birth. Whereas right-to-life people define a human from fertilization. Now, a third possibility has been added, for life can now bypass the fertilization process.

Most Christian groups generally agree that the cloning of plants and animals is acceptable but not human beings. The conclusion of the National Bioethics Advisory Commission and which is now shaping legislation, concluded, “to clone a human, after one successful animal cloning, to be unethical, irresponsible and unprofessional.” What makes us as human beings so different from plants and animals? Because God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

The thing that makes us in the image of God is that we have a soul. Not the biological process, God wasn’t born. God certainly isn’t in human form. But unlike all other things in God’s creation we have a soul and that soul allows us to think and to reason and to have and make moral choices. We don’t just live to eat, sleep and procreate. We live by standards and values.

In other words, it is not the physical that makes us human, it is the spiritual. When God created Adam and Eve, He breathed life into them. We call it the “breath of God.” If a human being is cloned would he/she have a soul? Sure, simply because God allows them to live, “the breath of God,” they would have a soul. The biological gives life, but the breath of God is what makes us human being and different.

We forget that God practiced cloning long before we understood it. (Genesis 2:20-22) But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. Sounds like cloning to me!

Morally and ethically we want research to continue. There is nothing unacceptable about improving human life. If cloning research can eliminate disease, that is wonderful. If cloning research can grow organs for transplant, great. If changing the DNA can stop birth defects, fantastic.

But we also know that there is the potential for abuse. I want a child with blond hair, why? I want a boy baby, why? A few years ago when a teenager was diagnosed with Leukemia. Her only hope was a bone marrow transplant. To have a perfect match, the mother and father, who had not planned to have another child, had a baby, just for the transplant. The transplant was successful. But there is something morally reprehensible about it.

We remember the years around World War II, when German science was so interested in the study of twins. Not so much because twins are fascinating but for cloning. And the rumors that went around about semen and tissue being saved from Hitler, just so one day he could be cloned. All a part of having the perfect race.

Chicago physicist Richard G. Seed has been working to clone human infants for infertile couples. Even the motive has to be questioned. Is it really the desire to help these couples or the potential for great wealth, what you think?

To use cloning for the purpose of improving the quality of life for human beings is acceptable. To eliminate diseases. To provide transplants. But to use cloning to control races, gender, to control bodily features is very arrogant and wrong.

Overcoming Temptation

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The local priest was driving down a country road when a second car careened around the bend, spun out of control, and crashed into the priest’s car. Both cars landed in the ditch. The driver of the second car walked over to the priest. “Mercy me!” said the priest. “You nearly killed me!” “I’m sorry,” Father,” apologized the young man as he took a flask of whiskey from his pocket. “Here Father, take a drink of this; it will calm you down.” The priest was impressed with the man’s response. “You are a most generous and considerate fellow,” said the priest as he helped himself to a generous portion of the calming liquid. “A drop of this stuff will be helpful at a time like this.” The priest then took another drink. Now that the priest was all calmed down, he offered some of the whiskey to this fine young man. The man refused the priest’s gesture. “Oh, no, Father,” replied the man. “I’ll just sit here and wait for the police to arrive.”

Here’s an inscription recently observed on a T-shirt: “Lead me not into temptation-I can find it for myself.” Isn’t that the truth for all of us? Temptations face us every day of our lives.

There are five (5) methods that God has given to the believer to overcome temptation. The first is Scripture. The bus brimmed with dozing office workers, restless punkers, and affluent shoppers. At the stop, two men and a woman climbed in. The driver, a seasoned veteran, immediately bellowed, “Everybody watch your valuables. There are pickpockets on board.” Women clutched their purses tightly. Men put their hands on their wallets. All eyes fixed on the trio, who, looking insulted and harassed, didn’t break stride as they promptly exited through the middle doors. The Bible warns us to be vigilant, because evil is less likely to overtake us when we’re watching. Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: `Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “`He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus answered him, “It is also written: `Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: `Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ ” (Matthew 4:1-11 NIV)

The second is prayer. Jesus when He was praying in the Garden, took with Him, three of the disciples. He invited them to join Him in prayer. “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” (Luke 22:46) Jesus teaches the Disciples to pray. MAT 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’ “A just man comes to Sodom hoping to save the city. He pickets. What else can he do? He goes from street to street, from marketplace to marketplace, shouting, `Men and women, repent. What you are doing is wrong. They laugh, but he goes on shouting, until one day a child stops him. `Poor stranger, don’t you see it’s useless?’ `Yes,’ the just man replies. `Then why do you go on?’ the child asks. `I was convinced that I would change them.
Now I go on shouting because I don’t want them to change me.'” Prayer is your defense! Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

The third is guilt. “The most important thing is to keep on, not to be dismayed however often one yields to the temptation, but always to pick yourself up again and ask forgiveness,” In reviewing your sins don’t either exaggerate them or minimize them. Call them by their ordinary names and see them as you would see the same faults in somebody else – no special blackening or whitewashing.” Guilt is God’s gift to counter “freedom of choice.”

The fourth is avoidance. On the TV show “Hee Haw”, Doc Campbell is confronted by a patient who says he broke his arm in two places. The doc replies, “Well then, stay out of them places!” He may have something there. We cannot regularly put ourselves in the face of temptation and not be affected. When faced with the problem of temptation, we need to take the good doctor’s advice and “stay out of them places.” Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. (1 Cor. 6:18)
Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. (2 Tim. 2:22)

The fifth is the Holy Spirit. A friend bought a new car with a voice-warning system. At first he was amused to hear the soft female voice gently remind him that his seat belt wasn’t fastened. He affectionately called this voice the `little woman.’
He soon discovered his little woman was programmed to warn him about his gasoline. ‘Your fuel level is low,’ she said one time in her sweet voice. He nodded his head and thanked her. He figured he still had enough to go another 50 miles, so he kept on driving. But a few minutes later, her voice interrupted again with the same warning. And so it went over and over. Although he knew it was the same recording, he thought her voice sounded harsher each time. Finally, he stopped his car and crawled under the dashboard. After a quick search, he found the appropriate wires and gave them a good yank. So much for the little woman. He was still smiling to himself a few miles later when his car began sputtering and coughing. He ran out of gas! People like him learn before long that the little voice inside, although ignored or even disconnected, often tells them exactly what they need to know.

Why do we have temptation? Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. Temptation proves what is in the heart. A father had to go on a trip for a few days and instructed his teenage son that the car was not to be used while he was gone. When he returned, his son greeted him and said, “While you were gone, I came very close to breaking my promise to not use the car while you were away. You left the keys, and I carried them for three days, fighting temptation.” The father smiled, “Son, there’s nothing like temptation to show you what you’ll do, if you are given the opportunity!”

Evil never comes from God, only good.

Receiving Graciously

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Haddon Robinson tells of a man named George Wilson who in 1830 was sentenced by a Philadelphia court to be hanged. The President of the United States, Andrew Jackson, extended to Wilson a full pardon, but he refused to accept it. The case went to the Supreme Court, where Chief Justice Marshall ruled that a pardon is a piece of paper, the value of which depends on the acceptance of the person implicated. If it is refused then there is no pardon.

People are odd, we like gifts, and surprises thrill us! But it is much easier to be a giver than a receiver. If we are a giver then we don’t fill beholding to anyone. However, if we are a recipient of a gift, we fill indebted.

I remember the Christmas of my 18th birth year. My father was the Vice President of Lincoln Income Life Insurance company in Louisville, Kentucky. Our neighbor, much poorer, didn’t have a very good job. So my father got him a job at his company. That Christmas, Johnny, told me that he was buying my parents a Country Ham. Country Hams are very expensive and highly praised. I felt that it was Johnny’s way of saying thanks for the job. When he gave the ham to my parents, he told them that he had mentioned the gift to me. When I got home they were angry with me for not telling them. Their gift to Johnny was a box of candy my mother had made. I would have much rather had the candy than the ham.

Sometimes it is difficult to be gracious recipients. Ten lepers are healed by Jesus. Nine of those lepers cannot turn back and say, “thank you.” They want the benefits, but not the gratefulness.

Paul said, I remember the words the Lord Jesus himself said: `It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” In that is clearly stated the blessedness of giving. Giving makes one feel good! That is Christ-like-ness. However, we miss the last part of Paul’s quote of Jesus! IT IS MORE BLESSED TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE. While it is more blessed to give, it is also blessed to receive.

Many of us have difficulty receiving. Christmas is a good example of that. What happens if someone gives you a gift that you did not expect? You will run out and buy them a gift. If they gave you something more valuable than you gave them, guilt.

David Livingston once said, “It is not to make money that I believe a Christian should live …. The noblest thing a man can do is, just humbly to receive, and then go amongst others and give. It is pride that keeps us from receiving. It is arrogance that blocks the joy of getting. It is egotism that will not allow us to be humble and take. It is vanity that would not allow us to admit that we have a need. Jesus said, you receive not, because you ask not.

Now, how is this a spiritual problem? It goes to the very heart of being a recipient of God’s love and forgiveness. To admit that I am a sinner and need God, admits my dependance upon God. To realize that God must forgive me, makes me realize that I cannot do it myself. That is powerlessness.

Receiving was at the very heart of Lucifer’s problem with God. He was to put his throne above God’s. He wasn’t going to be dependent on God.

A well-known English minister, years ago, on a night when he was just ready to retire, there came a knock at his door. When he went downstairs, he found at the door a poor, wretched little girl, dripping wet. She had come through the storm, and she said, “Are you the minister?” “Yes,” he said, “I am.” “Well, won’t you come and get my mother in?” she asked. The minister said, “Why, I was just about to retire, and besides it is hardly seemly for me to go out and get your mother in. If she is drunk, you can get a policeman to get her in. Oh,” she said, “you don’t understand! My mother is not out in the storm, she is not drunk, she is at home and is dying, and she is afraid to die: she is afraid she is going to be lost forever, and she wants to go to heaven and doesn’t know how, and I told her I would get a minister to get her in.” He asked where she lived, and she told him of a district so vile that even in the daytime respectable people did not go there without a policeman accompanying them. “Why,” he said, “I cannot go down there tonight,” and subconsciously he said, “It would be all my reputation is worth to be seen with a girl like this in that district in the middle of the night; no, I cannot go. As the preacher of this great and important church, what would my people think if it should get into the paper?” To the girl he said, “I will tell you what to do. You go down and get the man who is running the Rescue Mission; he will be glad to help you.” He said he felt ashamed as he said it, but thought his reputation had to be maintained.
“He may be a good man,” she said, “but I don’t know him. I told my mother I would get a real minister, and I want you to come and get her in. Come quickly she’s dying.” I couldn’t stand the challenge in those eyes,” the preacher said, “I felt so ashamed, and so said to her, ‘Very well, I will come.'” Then the girl led him down through the city and into the slum district, into an old house, up a rickety stairway and along a long dark hall into a little room, and there lay the poor woman. “I have gotten the preacher of the biggest church in the city,” said the girl; “he will get you in; he didn’t want to come, but he’s come.

The woman looked up and said, “Oh, sir, can you do anything for a poor sinner? All my life I have been a wicked woman, and I am going to hell, but I don’t want to go there; I want to be saved, I want to go to heaven. Tell me what I can do.” Then it came to me, Why not tell her what your mother used to tell you? She’s dying, and it can’t hurt her, even though it does her no good. And so I said, ‘My poor woman, God is very gracious, and the Bible says, ‘God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life’ (John 3:16). “She said, ‘does it say that in the Bible? My! This ought to help get me in. But, sir, my sins! What about my sins?’ It was amazing how easy the verses came to me, verses I had learned years ago and never used, and I said, ‘The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin’ (I John 1:7). ‘All sin?’ she said: ‘Does it really say that the blood will cleanse me from all sin? That ought to get me in.’ I knelt down and prayed with that poor woman and got her in, and while I was getting her in, I got myself in. We two poor sinners, the minster and the dying harlot, were saved together in that little room.'”

Rearing Christian Children

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Kids will be kids we say. And with that statement I always think about the children who called Elisha “baldly!” As he was walking along the road, some youths came out of the town and jeered at him. “Go on up, you bald head!” they said. Do you get the feeling that Elisha didn’t have any hair? “Go on up, you bald head!” He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the Lord. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths. And he went on to Mount Carmel and from there returned to Samaria. (2 Kings 2:23-25)This seems a little extreme! After all, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never harm me.” The moral of the story isn’t that Elisha was a grumpy old man, but the children were disrespectful.

It seems a young boy entered the corner grocery store one day and asked the grocer for a box of Duz detergent. The grocer was puzzled and asked why he would want a box of Duz. The boy explained he was going to wash his cat. “Wash your cat? Young man, you know, you shouldn’t wash your cat with this kind of soap,” the grocer complained. But the boy insisted it would be O.K. A few days later, the same boy came back into the store. The grocer recognized him and struck up a conversation. “Say, how’s your cat doing?” The boy said, “Oh, he died.” The grocer responded, “Well, son, you know I warned you not to wash your cat with that Duz detergent! It’s much too strong.” The boy replied, “Aw, mister, the soap didn’t hurt him a bit! It was the spin cycle that got him.”

Then Manoah prayed to the Lord: “O Lord, I beg you, let the man of God you sent to us come again to teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born.” As parents, we understand where Manoah is coming from. To rear a child is an awesome responsibility. I remember at the age of 6 that my nephew and I took my father’s car apart. We got into his tool box. If the car had a screw, a bolt or a nut, it was removed. He didn’t handle the sight of his car very well.

God had plans for a special child to be born, Samson. Philistines were over-running the Hebrew people. God wanted a man that was spiritual and committed to Him. Here was this special couple who had been childless, but could give great love and attention to a child. So God granted their prayers for a child.

“He’s here! The man who appeared to me the other day!” Manoah got up and followed his wife. When he came to the man, he said, “Are you the one who talked to my wife?” “I am,” he said. So Manoah asked him, “When your words are fulfilled, what is to be the rule for the boy’s life and work?” The angel of the Lord answered, “Your wife must do all that I have told her. She must not eat anything that comes from the grapevine, nor drink any wine or other fermented drink nor eat anything unclean. She must do everything I have commanded her.”

Samson was reared a Nazirite, which meant that he could drink no wine, eat meat, cut his hair or touch anything unclean. By honoring that he was given super human strength.

It is not only challenging to rear any child, it is more challenging to rear Christian children. Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. (PRO 22:6)How do we do that training? The gift of the Holy Spirit is essential – God has to be a part of the plan. However, as parents I find there are three important ingredients that we can do to insure that our children grow up Christians.

AFFECTION
Children need to know that they are loved! Nothing can replace the kisses, hugs and saying “I love you.” Every human being needs affection. I am amazed at the number of moms and dads that can not, will not give their children hugs and kisses. We seem to be uptight about sexual misconduct – what is appropriate. Hug that child – even if they are a teenager. Kiss them and tell that child you love them. You can’t show too much affection to a child. Most teenagers that become sexually active, do it because of their need for affection. Children learn affection or the lack of it from their parents. We even learn how to love God by what we learn in our families. Affection sometimes means correcting a child. A mother was concerned that her eldest son was using profanity, and she consulted with the pastor for advice. The preacher advised that each time the boy cursed, she slap him. The next morning as her sons came to the table, she asked what they wanted for breakfast. The eldest said, “I want some ‘blankety-blank’ Post Toasties, and the mother slapped him. As he sat dazed on the floor, mother turned to the younger son and asked what he wanted for breakfast, to which he replied, “Well, I sure don’t want any Post Toasties!” Affection sets boundaries for children and they understand it as love.

ATTENTION
“An enormous lack – is a moral purpose, and a lot of our children here aren’t getting that. They’re getting parents who are very concerned about getting them into the right colleges, buying the best clothing for them, giving them an opportunity to live in neighborhoods where they’ll lead fine and affluent lives and where they can be given the best toys, go on interesting vacations, and all sorts of things. Parents work very hard these days; and they’re acquiring things that they feel are important for their children. And yet vastly more important things are not happening. They’re not spending time with their children, at least not very much. Paul writes, Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged. (Colossians 3:21) Parenthood is more than providing food, clothing and a house. It is sharing time.

DISCIPLESHIP
The Psalmist writes, We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done. (Psa 78:4) It was important for Manoah and his wife to train Samson to be a believer. A Christian doesn’t just happen. A Christian must be grown. As parents we take our child to church and drop them off. That is no where near as important as you training that child. The child will learn a great deal by going to Sunday school and church but the child will learn more about being a Christian by living in your home. Paul writes, Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. The Old Testament called on the parent, especially the father to teach the child the word of God. DEU 6:7 Impress them (Commandments) 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. It is important to set a Christian example at home. Read our Bibles. Talk and tell the Christian stories. Pray as a family.

I ran into a little boy and asked him how old he was. “I’m four,” he answered. “When will you be five?” “When I’m through being four.”

Nothing can fully prepare us for what will come in life. So we prepare ourselves with a Christian relationship. Christian parents who give affection, attention and discipleship are far ahead of the game.