“Before I confessed my sins, my bones felt limp, and I groaned all day long. Psalm 32:3
Have you ever wondered if your child moonlights as a criminal defense attorney? I sure have, especially after hearing my kids’ creative excuses over the years, even when I’ve caught one of them with a hand in the proverbial cookie jar. I’ve heard some amazing defenses.
“Ryan did you hit Cara?” His older sister is holding her reddened face and crying.
“She started it,” Ryan says as he crosses his arms in defense.
“Then why is she crying?”
“We were just playing.”
I go for the kill. “Is something you did the reason she is crying? Yes or No?
Finally with no wiggle room left, Ryan caves in with a muted yes.
I’m not interested in a conviction; I want Ryan to take responsibility. I want him to confess to the mistake and own up to it more quickly the next time around. That’s why a dose of fatherly admonishment makes the exchange an uncomfortable but necessary experience for him.
I’m sure my heavenly Father stifles a laugh when he watches me disciplining my son. Talk about the blind leading the blind! But I’ve learned that what ultimately assuages my pain is the sincere act of confessing my wrongdoing to Him.
Father, Confession is good for the soul and bad for the reputation, but not with You! Thanks for loving me, sins and all.
I came across this video last night and thought it was appropriate to share on the blog. It’s Friday so hopefully you can find some time to watch the video. It is short, less than 5 minutes.
I couldn’t agree more with the points he makes, with of course, one exception. He seems to make a blanket statement that everyone who plays video games is a slacker. While that may be true the majority of the time, it isn’t the case with all of us. I think there is a generational gap of people born before 1980 (or mid-70’s to be fair) and those born after when it comes to video games. While it isn’t productive to spend 8 hours a day playing video games it also isn’t destructive to have an occasional binge.
My father loves to hunt and fish. He will engage in those activities with friends and family but he loves it so much he has no issue with hunting or fishing alone. Yet no one would accuse him of being a slacker when he spends three days in a row hunting. There is no way I could play video games for three straight days, even if it was only for 8-9 hours each day. But why is my hobby considered “lazy” and his gets the stamp of approval? A hobby is something you do in your extra time. As a relatively new dad, such things as “extra time” are rare and in high demand. However, when a moment presents itself one of the first things I choose to do is flip on the PS4, even if it is only for 30 minutes. I don’t see anything wrong with that.
Sorry for the rant. Watch the video. It is better than anything I could write here.
Well it is that time of year again when so many of us get so excited that we go around wishing everyone a “Happy Holiday” because we are so concerned about what people may think, how people may feel or lord forbid if someone might get offended.
I have really never understood this approach. No one seems to have these feelings around Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day or Thanksgiving. No one is up in arms when we say “Happy Fourth of July!”
Even if I weren’t a Christian I would still have a problem with people refusing to wish others a Merry Christmas. It is a NATIONAL HOLIDAY and that holiday is called Christmas. There is no doubt in my mind that the left will eventually get Christmas taken off the list of National Holidays. First they will get Congress to call it “Winter Holiday” and then eventually they will remove it altogether.
Check out this video by Dennis Prager (who for the record is Jewish) for an explanation as to why you should still wish people a “Merry Christmas.”