Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Best You Can with What You Have

The Best You Can with What You Have “…for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” Philipians 4:11 There is a story told about a famous violinist that ought to be inspiring to any parent. Itzhak Perlman, a world-renowned violinist, had polio as a child and wears leg braces and uses crutches as a result. He had an amazing thing

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They Disappeared Around the Corner…

“…For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” James 4:14 Do you know the lyrics to the song by Harry Chapin entitled, “Cats in the Cradle”? You should. My child arrived just the other day He came to the world in the usual way But there were planes to catch, and bills

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The One Thing You Can do to Guarantee Your Child Lives a Life of Failure and Unhappiness

You may be asking, “who in their right mind, would ever want anything but success for their children?” Good question. My answer: too many parents, that’s who. How? By neglecting the self-conscious development of this one thing in their child: good character. There is a big difference between allowing the child to acquire their character by osmosis and developing their character self-consciously. Know this:

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Just Say No (Part 2)

In my last article I quoted from nationally known Pastor, John Piper’s very helpful observations to rescue parents from what he calls “the folly of laissez-faire parenting.” I offer these excellent insights for you as a help and encouragement. I will reserve my comments for another article but simply say that I am in agreement with all he writes below. Imagine this scenario. You’re

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Just Say No…Early

“The rod and rebuke give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.” Proverbs 29:15 Young children inescapably learn. Their habits begin to be established even while in the womb. It is never a question of habits or no habits, it’s a question of how are you building their habits and what kind of habits are you establishing? A recent

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Holding the Future in Your Hands

“…his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a basket.” Acts 9:25 I was 18 years old. It was my first week in basic training and the pace of change was intentional, fast, and dramatic. One of the goals of military basic training (aka, “boot camp”) is to shed your civilian identity in

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Fail Early… Fail Often

It was Will Rogers who observed, “good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.” Having lived to see the age of 60, I will give his assertion and conclusion a hearty AMEN! We don’t usually think about teaching children “how to” fail. We should. Let me suggest this a necessary and essential part of child training. Sound crazy?

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Three Habits of Childhood

Our children will have the opportunity to make a “gazillion” choices about a “bazillion” things in the course of their life. We know what they don’t…you will never know beforehand the full consequences of the choices we make. (Dealing with the unintended consequences of our choices is the lot in life for those of us who don’t possess divine omniscience!). That being the case,

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Tick Tock Hear the Clock

“What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” James 4:14 A few years ago I read an article by a writer whose stuff I have been reading for over 30 years. He has had a profound impact upon my life and thinking these many years. Of the many, many, many books and articles I

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Sticks and Stones

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” Proverbs 18:21 I still hear this from time to time: “sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me!” It’s the same kind of deception that this well-worn aphorism is: “finder’s keepers, losers weepers!” Arrgh. (More on the latter at a

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