Day: September 8, 2011
Bobby cut down this old tree and the trunk was so huge (and kind of attractive) that we just left it hoping that it would deteriorate on its own in a few months. Well, it has been about 3 years and we were needing a place to feed the birds, so I thought the top of that old trunk would be a good smooth place to put their bird seed, since the cats were giving them problems.
I took some birdseed out to spread it around for them and the old trunk IS deteriorating to the point of no smooth places on top, and there was no place to put the birdseed without it falling into deep cracks. It will eventually tumble to the ground…because cutting the tree down sucked the life out of the trunk.
You know, we can damage our homes the same way. No, not the building we live in…but the people we live WITH…that’s our home. We can suck the life out of our homes by neglect.
We may not see the damage we have done…until there are no smooth places left and the damage cannot be corrected. Sometimes trying to correct only results in more damage. There are many homes in America today where that has surely happened. This old trunk looks like it might have been at least three little trees at one time…growing up and not knowing which way to turn. Some families are like that. The way to turn is toward God, the one who instituted families in the first place.
The old adage, “As goes the home so goes the nation” is certainly proven to be true in our country. We need so badly, to wake up and start training our young families.
©Edna L. Ingram
One of the greatest assets of any congregation is its young people. While the abundance of young people is a great blessing, it is also a great responsibility. The primary responsibility for the training of these children rests upon the parents, and we need to give parents the biblical training, the support and the encouragement they need to bring up their children in the training and instruction of the Lord.
While the primary responsibility of training children rests with the parents, we all have a responsibility in the youth of our congregations, to encourage and set the proper example before them. So important is our influence upon little children, that Jesus spoke of the blessings of welcoming a child and the harsh penalties for those who cause a little one to sin.
In Matthew 18:5-6, Jesus states: “…And whoever welcomes a little child like this in My Name welcomes Me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”
It is obvious that Jesus takes a dim view of those whose conduct has a negative influence on little children, causing them to sin.
-A portion of a writing by Wendell Ingram