Today is harder and harder. I would venture to say it’s harder because we have become more and more independent. Our choices are our own and no one can say a thing, there is always the response: “It’s my life!!!!”” Get out of my face!!!!” “I have the right to do whatever I want!!!!”
Who can say that such person is wrong?? it IS their life…… it IS their face/space…. The law protects that they can do what they want in large part….. no? Children in school KNOW that if mom or dad say the slightest thing to them that they don’t like, they can denounce their parents at school and the school will send a social worker before the school day is over. I know several families under such choke hold by the kids that the parents live in fear of another visit by the “belt police”, the discipline deciders…. These parents have been dragged thru court over and over to check on “progress” in monitoring of the “black and blue” marks on any part on the child.
Boy!!! if they were around when my boys were little, I would never have gotten out of jail… NEVER!!!! My oldest was a year old when he began to hear a mantra he would hear for the rest of his time at home…..”I’m going to break your arm!!!!!”
By the time he neared 8….. it became ‘I’m going to brake both arms!!!!! Well, he, now at 34 and the second boy, now 32 remember that if they got in trouble they got a fat lip…… they knew they would but now a days, I would have been sent to Alaska’s Alcatraz if there was one….. Never to come out….
I suppose revealing just how my raising children habits were may make you all frown…. I’ll say this…. as I was put in the frame of mind to … BREAK THEIR ARM I would notoriously take one shoe off and CHASE THEM TO GIVE THEM BOTH A PIECE OF MY MIND!!!! That chase,….. hate to say it…..certainly put us all in the right….”right” frame of mind….. we all ended totally out of breath and they still 20 ft away and I grabbing on to anything to hold myself up, panting and laughing so hard at the ridiculousness of it all….. They knew I could not catch them… I knew darn well I could not EVER catch them … but we all knew that they deserved that fat lip they never got, but more than anything they knew, they really knew right from wrong and the hard line in between the two.
They both got what they needed most to have, a well formed conscience. Their lives reflect such understanding.
So then I ask, can they know the Will of God at any moment???
I believe they can and so can anyone who has been taught the hard line between wrong and right, not what the world is calling right and wrong, but what God has said what is right and wrong.
At any moment we all are faced with a choice of right and wrong. No far off from the “What would Jesus do?” question…. He alone is the balance, were we to know what He actually would do.
He would choose to love, to genuinely love. For the benefit of the other, love. At our expense many times, love. Did I teach that to my sons??? I don’t totally know. Those who know them, please tell me if they know.
We live in a world where “human respect” sin is not only unknown but rampant. No one says anything to anyone about anything personal or touchy or politically incorrect…. that’s the last name for it.
Blessed be the pure of heart….they shall see the Face of God.