Over Thanksgiving Break, all 8 of us piled into our van and drove to VA to spend the holiday with my sister and her family. On the way, my wife posted on fb, “ Driving through the mountains and listening to this:
One clean, wholesome show that our family actually loves. Honestly, as a parent, I often feel like it’s hard to find clean and wholesome on TV anymore these days. Let alone a show that talks about the Bible and moral values. So when the Duck thing went haywire a little over a week ago and our FB feed was beyond clogged with every post and article out there debating the whole issue, sooooo….conversations had to happen in our household. Conversations that could not be ignored.
My oldest came home from school and checked her Facebook and of course her entire feed was full of the most recent news. Instead of debating the whole topic or wishing she wasn’t on FB, or dismissing it because there are bigger things in this world to get fired up about, we talked. I think when God said in Deuteronomy 6:7, “…Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”…this is what He meant. Walking through life with your kids, alongside them, pointing them and showing them His truth as we live life daily. So there are good life lessons that we didn’t want to miss…
WORDS ARE POWERFUL…CHOOSE THEM WISELY
One of our family values is the “Power of your words and attitude”. “May the words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh Lord.”…a verse we constantly have to remind each other in our household. In this day and age, with Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Texts, words are abundant, permanent, costly, powerful. You can post something and within seconds it can go viral. Words are like arrows, once you shoot them, you can’t get them back. CHOOSE THEM WISELY. Words can make or break a person. Words can be life giving or life altering. Words are POWERFUL. Matthew 10:16 reminds us that we continually find ourselves in the midst of a culture that will not hold the same beliefs and values as us; therefore, we are NEVER to be “unfiltered” in our message.
“Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.”
I don’t want my kids to shy away from speaking the Truth, from sharing His Word, or to not stand up for what they believe, which is hard in and of itself to do now days, but I always, always, always want them to weigh each and every word carefully and speak the truth in love.
FAMILY STICKS TOGETHER
In light of everything that happened, I loved the response of the Robertson family. You can read it HERE. I love that even when mistakes happen, family sticks together, prays together, and forgives. I want my kids to know that if and when they make a mistake, we will love, forgive, and move on together as a family even if it is costly and sticks our family in the limelight of the nation. I love how even as adults, as a family they still honor and respect their patriarch, their Father. It seems to be a lost art these days. Respect is earned, but it is also given. I hope as parents we can live in such a way that our children will desire to respect us no matter how old they are.
EVERYONE MESSES UP
No one is perfect. We all mess up. We all make mistakes. We all do, say, and think things that are not honoring to God. We are all on a journey. We all are in need of forgiveness and redemption found only in Jesus. We are here on this earth for one reason, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”
So this week as we are with family and friends and continuing to celebrate Christmas and a New Year- LOVE…LOVE BIG and Speak the truth in Love and leave the rest to Him.