My How Times Change!

Hello friends!   I hope that everyone has gotten the new year off to a good start.  I think we have so far and with the Lord's blessings it will continue in the same vein.  I was talking (lecturing) one of the boys the other day and it hit me...I sound just like my mother!!  Not that this is a bad thing.  My mother was a Godly woman.  If I can be half the woman she was I will be doing great.  But that's not the point.  I can remember my mother telling me things as kid I didn't want to hear.  Things that were for my good, though I didn't think what I wanted was so bad at the time.  When I asked her why she couldn't just see it my way for once, this was her reply.  "When you have kids of your own someday, you'll understand why."  Back then, I thought to myself, "Well, I hope I am more understanding of my kids than you are of me!"  Well, it turns out that now that I have kids, I'm not.  I have told my kids the same thing.  "When you have kids of your own, you'll understand."  Boy, do I understand spades!!  You see, it is all a matter of perspective.  When I was a child, I saw as child, spoke as a child.  Now that I am older, and a parent, I see things in a different light entirely.  Things that didn't look bad on the face of it as a child,  I can now see the hidden dangers in them.  As a child I thought, "Oh, that won't happen to me."  As an adult, a parent, I think "Oh, wow how easily that can happen to me or mine."  Perspective.  Just like we try to pass on the wisdom our experience gives us to our kids, God the Father tries to pass on His wisdom to us.  He laid it out in black and white and red in the Bible for all of us to read.  He gave us a salvation plan so simple a child can understand, yet one perfect enough to save the whole world. He gave us a gift of unmeasurable value, free of charge.  No strings attached.  All He asks is that we live as He instructs.  Do we as parents not give our children good gifts, free of strings, and all we ask is that they love and obey us because we want to keep them safe from harm?  Isn't that a perfect picture of the relationship God wants to have with us?  He wants to be the Heavenly Father we depend on, love, and obey so that in turn, He can instruct us on how to keep ourselves safe from the pitfalls in this sinful world.  Sometimes I think we can become so used to being the adult of our family, the load bearer if you will, that we forget we are also children.  Children of a loving God who wants to the same for us that we do for our own children.  If we will only let him.  But just like our children who rebel and refuse to listen to our advice, so we also refuse to listen to that still small voice that tries to guide us every day.  We push away the One, the only One, who can truly keep us safe and guide us faithfully through the harsh world we face.  A world that is getting darker, and more dangerous with each passing day.  When I was a kid, respecting your elders was something EVERY child was taught to do.  Today, it seems that elders are expected to kowtow to children.  That is why the world is getting in the mess it's in.  No one has respect for anyone any more.  In an capacity.  Students disrespect teachers, chaos often reigns in schools.  Young people disrespect elderly, and our precious elders are often abused.  We forget that if we live long enough, we'll be elders too some day.  I try to be patient and loving with those older than me, because someday, if I live long enough, I will need someone to be loving and patient with me.  Perspective again.  I can choose to only see the viewpoint of the right here and now, or I can choose to see the viewpoint of how I hope to be treated if I am ever in the same situation.  Sometimes I fail miserably to take the high road, but I pray that I will always be found trying my best to be in that straight narrow way.  Blessings to you all until next time.....

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