I Believe

A person with good character is accountable, caring, fair, honest, kind, sincere, trustworthy and more. Biblical principles never change; they are the same “yesterday, today and forever.”Chances are children are going to worship the god of their parents, whoever or whatever it is. Contentment is one of the most precious gifts we can choose to experience and to wish for others. Effective listening is an important part of communicating. Good character is what we look for in others, and this is what others look for in us. Improper conduct is the number one reason employees are fired and not promoted. In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current.

In most households, this is the first time in history that parents are no longer the main influence in child rearing.“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” (George Washington) Most people know what is right and what is wrong but choose to do otherwise.

Parents are the first and most influential teachers their children will ever have. Parents are ultimately responsible for how their children turn out. Parents should avoid comparing their children with other children, especially their brothers and sisters.

Reach out to everyone, even those who annoy you. Right moral choices produce positive results; wrong moral choices produce negative results. The Lord requires the following from us: do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God. Words of our mouths, thoughts of our hearts, and everything that we do must be filled with faith, hope, and love. Because yesterday is a cancelled check and tomorrow is a promissory note, we must spend today’s “cash” wisely.

Self-reflection is always a good exercise. What I believe is a work in progress, not limited to these statements and subject to change. What do YOU believe?

Daniel Taddeo

Longtime Parma Hts. resident and educator in the Parma School district.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 1:01 PM, 09.01.2017