A parent’s responsibility includes viewing every child without showing partiality. America evolved from a Biblical foundation. The majority of its residents have lost sight of this fact. Any permanent progress in life begins on the inside and spreads to the outside. Being in the majority can get us into a lot of trouble. Biblical stewardship (trustee) is a way of living in which our blessings take on primary importance.
Communication is hearing what has not been said. In the end, our choices shape our character and we receive what we give. It is foolish to deny ourselves joy by wishing we were in a future or past time. It is well to drop the old so that one may seize the new. Keep our faces upturned to God as the flowers do to the sun. Look, and our souls shall love and grow. Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.
Love others just the way they are. Love should be in the center of our being and in all that we do. Making fun of people never helps and always hurts. Minimize looking back and looking forward and maximize the present. No temptation has seized us except what is common to all. One of the greatest steps in discovering who we are is discovering who God is. Our curiosity should focus on the Word of God. Our standards for living need to conform to God’s Word.
Set our minds on things above, not earthly. Since we are like no other human being ever created since the beginning of time, we are incomparable. Some of the secrets of a happy life are continuous, small treats. The days and the years inevitably turn the pages and open a new chapter in our life. The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. The only thing that we take with us when we die is our character. There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.
There is something in every season to celebrate with thanksgiving. Time is a precious gift of God, so precious that it is only given to us moment by moment. To be carnally (immorally) minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life with peace. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. We can grow, learn, and trust just as much or more presently than we ever did in the past. We do not remember days, we remember moments. Make moments worth remembering. We enter God’s kingdom by birth. This means a person voluntarily chooses the “second” (spiritual) birth. We have the opportunity to demonstrate God’s love to others in a way that no other person could ever do. We know that we have come to know God if we obey His commandments. We must do everything possible to focus on the many positive aspects around us. We should resist allowing others to compromise our moral values.
Who we believe we are is what will play out in the long run.
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?
Longtime Parma Hts. resident and educator in the Parma School district.