“STAND RIGHT THERE!” The greasy-haired dad cursed at his 11-year-old daughter, positioning her in front of his red Target shopping cart, her back turned. Two younger siblings stood back in fear.
BAM! The dad slammed the cart into his daughter’s back, clipping her heel and lurching her body forward. She lowered her head into her hands, crying. Embarrassed more than hurt. Her sandy blonde hair covered her face as she wept.
Her dad shouted down, “There, how do YOU like it?” Apparently, she had accidentally bumped him with the cart one too many times.
His eyes darted through the store as everyone stared. Hushed. Anxious. Sad. Angry. Realizing he had made a scene, the family scuttled away, quickly.
My blood was boiling. No one does that to a lady. By the time I collected my thoughts from the rush of adrenaline, they were gone.
I still get hurt over seeing that in my mind. Prior to that day, I had never been exposed to abuse, and it rattled me. I hurt for that poor girl when I saw her dad’s temper. I felt for her two siblings and the shamed wife who endured the scene. I imagined what life must have been at home, and shuddered.
I recently heard a man who is active in politics and law say that if PARENTS would focus on raising their kids to be responsible citizens, we would not have all the problems in society today. He placed ALL of societies issues on the family. I agree.
It starts with YOU knowing your roles and fulfilling them as a man or woman. If you’re a man, plan now on taking responsibility, protecting, providing for, and leading yourself and your home spiritually. If you’re a lady, plan now on developing that which makes you most feminine. Exercise your influence more than your authority. Curb any ungodly desire and crave the spirit that God wants for you, instead.
It’s ALL a learning thing. All of life is about learning and changing. It’s called growing. Grow up!
“Well, that’s not who I am! I’ve just gotta be me!” That attitude is dog poop.
If you want Scripture, that’s easy: 1 Cor. 6:11, Eph. 4-5 and Col. 3 (whole chapters). Change. Grow. Be better.
Or don’t. It’s your choice.
But an obedience to Scripture will keep families together. It will keep dads loving moms, and parents loving kids, and each loving each other. The Bible keeps harmony and peace. The Bible encourages meekness, and training, and curbing tempers, and—you know—the fruit of the Spirit.
Throw the Bible out of your life and you end up where you don’t want to be… losing your temper in Target. Or worse.
Biblical values are the only sensible way to live. Submit to God today. Please. For your and your kids’ sake.
– Bro. Ryan