Vignettes and Insights

As parents, we have the opportunity to train our children right from birth. We have the opportunity to decide for them what will be exposed to their developing minds. We have the power to decide what they will hear, taste, see and feel.
 
In Scripture, it says: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8).1
 
This counsel is for the edification of everyone, regardless of one’s religion. It’s very simple: Busy your mind with thoughts of things that are:
  • True 
  • Honest 
  • Just 
  • Pure 
  • Lovely 
  • Of good report 
  • Virtue
  • Praise

The Apostle of Christ, Paul, wrote these words to help us keep our focus Heaven-ward. This world is so full of sin; so full of sorrow and suffering; sadness and violence; dishonesty and injustice. If we wallow in cares of this world, we’ll have no energy or ability to help others. If we have no energy to help others, we’ll have no thought for how to share the story of salvation with others – the story of salvation from this world and this life – the hope of something better.

Being able to “stop and smell the roses,” though, is a learned behavior. It is a behavior that is cultivated over time and with great effort.

As parents, we have the opportunity to train our children right from birth. We have the opportunity to decide for them what will be exposed to their developing minds. We have the power to decide what they will hear, taste, see and feel.

Not long ago, a friend bought our little girl some beautiful animal books and cards at a garage sale. The books and cards were part of a set with accompanying DVDs. As she was showing them to us, she suddenly realized, to her great embarrassment, that what she had bought were not animals in their natural habitat but natural predators in their natural habitat!

Wow. Animals killing each other; survival of the fittest; so-called “natural” violence. Is it any wonder why our society is so blood thirsty?

The situation was a reminder to me as a mother. Instead of focusing on the realities of the “natural” world, we should be teaching our children that death and dying are not natural. God never intended for people and animals to die. Someday, when this old earth is made new, there will be no more death, no more dying, no more sadness. Someday, in Heaven, there will be perfect peace, perfect harmony, perfect love.

Think on these things.
 
 
 

© 2010, C. Gillan Byrne.


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1Philippians 4:8 (King James Version).

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