Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, February 22nd, 2016
Parent Traps (Part 3)
Start Early
Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Psalms 51:5 (NIV)
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:6 (NIV)
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
Jeremiah 17:9 (NIV)
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 3:23 (NIV)
How can I describe the joy of being a grandmother? The Lord says, 'Children's children are a crown to the aged' (Proverbs 17:6). Because I live with my daughters when I'm not traveling, I've been allowed to be an extra-involved grandparent.

Since my trial run as a mom left much to be desired, since my B.C. pistol fire left a war-torn family, God surely restored the years the locusts had eaten. He gave me a redo, a double+ portion: 5 grandkids.*

Now as a believer discovering many new things, I can confidently agree... children are born selfish. Undoubtedly delightful, assuredly beloved, these small soloists can sing the me-me-me's with the pros. As they age, tunes can vary, but the refrain stays the same.

Parental reactions to operatic kids differ: from bowing down when demanding divas hit screeching notes... to the stopping up of ears in determined disregard... to a mixture of boo's and furious parent protests... to exiting the theater without a backwards glance. But not one of these reactions is helpful or godly.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: God didn't call you to sit and watch as Mr. Microphone's audience. Where family order is concerned, your kid is not the star of the show, controlling parental responses. You're cast to be your child's director.

The power to change a performance, especially an off-key youngster provoking strident disharmony, only comes with real authority.

The Authority is Jesus Christ. He's not only your show's Manager, but He's also your show's leading Star. He works under His perfect Father. So study Their Book on parenting, and become Their willing assistants.

To Be Continued...

* Lexy and Adam (Atlanta) are currently expecting their third child. Glynis and Johnny (New York) have two.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Parent Traps series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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