Thinking Cap #35 - Guaranteed Good Kids

The dream of every set of parents. If you are like me, you have heard several sermons directed to parents that take a tact similar to the following: "If you don't do what I'm telling you, your kids will turn out bad," or "If you want your kids to turn out right, then you need do thus and thus with them." Young parents, desperate to have their children grow up to be fine, upstanding, moral and God-loving adults hang on every word. They put into practice the "10 Ways to raise Godly Children" and they eschew the "10 Ways to raise a Rebel" and they pray.

Then when Johnny or Susie grows up and rebels, they feel like failures. The same sermon that blessed their heart and gave them hope, now make them feel like spiritual washouts. Meanwhile Jimmie and Carol grew up to be wonderful children and their parents didn't even attend church faithfully or get involved in any kind of ministry. Is there no justice in this world? Is there no formula that can be used? What's a parent to do?

Having experienced all sides of the previous two paragraphs I have a couple thoughts that I would like to share with you.

"Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;" Let's be a thankful, grateful, and joyfilled people.

"For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." Let us be a people that worship God because He is worthy to be worshipped regardless of the circumstances we might face in life.

Pleasant Thinking,

Kent Haralson


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