“I Would Do Anything…”

“I Would Do Anything…”There are many parents, perhaps nearly all parents, who would “do anything’ for their children. At least that’s what they say — “I would do anything for my children.” Of course, the key to that statement should be the little word “for.” What is done should really be something that is “for” the children, something that benefits them. It should not be a matter of satisfying every little whim of theirs. Many things done “for” them prove detrimental and harmful. Children, because they are children, do not know what is best for themselves.

Perhaps, also, the word “do” should be underscored. What children need from their parents requires precious time and serious effort. It is often easier to give them something they want or that we want them to have or to provide something for them than to do what we ought to do for them. Day nurseries, public schools, even Bible classes cannot function for parents, that is, they cannot do for the children what the parents must do for them.

Certainly “anything” should be limited, modified and tempered. It should be limited by what is legally, morally, and spiritually right. It should be modified by what parents can afford. And it should be tempered by what will develop the children physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually.

Surely you would die for your children (like David would have for Absalom, 2 Samuel 18:33), but would you live for them?

Would you provide preventive discipline early on and administer corrective discipline when it is called for? (See Proverbs 13:24; 19:18; Hebrews 12:11.)

Would you diligently teach them right from wrong, and especially would you teach them the word of God personally? (See Ephesians 6:4; compare Deuteronomy 6:6-7.)

Would you set for them the right example in all things? (See 2 Timothy 1:5; Luke 1:5-6.)

Ten Facts of Life

Ten Facts of Life

  1. Prosperity cannot arise and flourish where thrift is discouraged.
  2. The weak cannot be strengthened by weakening the strong.
  3. Small men cannot be made into big men by reducing men who have become big.
  4. The poor cannot be permanently enriched by robbing the well-to-do.
  5. The wage-earner cannot be lifted up by pressing down the wage-payer.
  6. No one can keep out of trouble if he spends more than he earns.
  7. Unity and fraternity cannot be promoted by inciting hatred among men.
  8. There can be no sound security on borrowed money.
  9. Character and ability cannot be built by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.
  10. Men cannot be helped permanently by doing things for them which they can and should do themselves.

(Author Unknown)

What Are the Hedges in Your Life?

What Are the Hedges in Your Life?Have you ever considered what it would take to cause you to renounce your faith in the Almighty God? Satan likes to ask that question about every faithful child of God. He is studying and watching for our weaknesses, waiting for that one thing that will make us turn back to him. Satan wondered the same thing about a man named Job (Job 1:6-11). He told God the only reason Job served Him was because God had put a “hedge” around him.

Why would Satan believe this?

Job’s character was remarkable, “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil” (Job 1:1). God had blessed Job with seven sons and three daughters. He was wealthy and considered the greatest of all the men of the east (vv.2-3). Satan believed that Job’s faithfulness and love for God was a result of God’s blessings upon him.