Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
Parent Traps (Part 4)
Caught Jack & Millie
O naive ones, understand prudence...
Proverbs 8:5 (NASB)
Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a Day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man Whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.
Acts 17:30-31 (NKJV)
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Ephesians 5:15-17 (NKJV)
Now 60, looking back at my childhood, if I had to give my parents a grade, it would be a 'C.' They were average. They had great individual assets, accomplishments and countless admirers. My dad was a decorated hero from a prominent Southern family: a speaker, a charmer. He had finesse.
My mom was a world-class beauty made good: a worker, a leader, an activist. Her early dreams of evangelism would be realized beyond her lifetime. Both of my parents were memorable, charismatic and abundantly loved. The fighter pilot and fashion model were destined for great things--and achieved them.
On the parental scorecard, here's my take:
1. They were encouraging, not belittling.
2. They were firm in teaching social graces.
3. They were kind and generally patient.
Even so, here are a few challenges:
1. In my view, they weren't committed to Christ.
2. I had little discipline or guidance.
3. As the youngest, I mostly raised myself.
I believe my parents raised three children as best they knew in the age of boomers: an age of expanding prosperity, an age of increasing narcissism, an age exposing racial prejudice, an age pressing fair opportunities, an age promoting immorality, an age pushing materialism, an age where media began its reign.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: it's time to undo our parents' traps.
To Be Continued...