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Parenting C

1. The tennis shoes you must replace today will go on sale next week.
2. Leakproof thermoses will.
3. The chances of a piece of bread falling with the grape jelly side down is
directly proportional to the cost of the carpet.
4. The garbage truck will be two doors past your house when the argument
over whose day it is to take out the trash ends.
5. The shirt your child must wear today will be the only one that needs to be washed or mended.
6. Gym clothes left at school in lockers mildew at a faster rate than other clothing.
7. The item your child lost, and must have for school within the
 next ten seconds, will be found in the last place you look.
8. Sick children recover miraculously when the pediatrician enters the treatment room.
9. Refrigerated items, used daily, will gravitate toward the back of the refrigerator.
10. Your chances of being seen by someone you know dramatically increase
 if you drive your child to school in your robe and curlers
Families are great!  They come in all sorts and shapes and volumes and types of functionality.  God loves families!  They are meant to be a picture of He and His church….His family.  When we work and live and spend time together  well together we become a testimony of God and his people.  We help people see what His Kingdom is like.
Parents, we will all agree that “House Rules” are a necessity.  No throwing balls in the house.  Don’t jump off your bed with sharp objects in your hand.  Don’t take things from your sister’s bedroom.  Don’t play your music too loud.  Don’t be jealous.  Don’t change the ringtones on your parents or sibling’s cell phones without them knowing.  Obey your parents quickly without talking back.  Love each other.  Forebear your brother’s weird habits.  Don’t let the dog in, with muddy feet, just after your parents have mopped the floor.  Don’t put Saran Wrap on the toilet in mom’s bathroom.   Forgive each other when something wrong has been done.  Say you’re sorry.  Don’t yell at each other.  Respect and Love.  Keep God tops.   Submit to and respect each other out of your love for Jesus (Ephesians 5:21).
Picture this:  God has his family, not new to Him but He’s kinda new to them.  They have just escaped the wrath of Pharaoh.  They are now in the wilderness/desert with Moses as their leader.  They are the family of God…and God needs to create “House Rules.”  They need to understand the boundaries.
“House Rules” create safety for everyone.  They help us respect and love each other and the God who created us.  They just make sense.  However, we know that they are often hard to keep…and when we falter, we hurt people and we hurt Jesus.
God’s rules are set up so that we protect each other.  The 10 commandments are set up so that we, ourselves, are protected.  They are also set up so that we look different, act different, talk different, think different than the world around us.  The 10 commandments are born out of pure and Godly love.  When we can do our absolute best at following them, we look more like God to our family members and our church family members and to friends and strangers alike.  People are drawn to pure love…to God.  People are broken by pure love…by God.  Hard hearts are softened by pure love…God’s love.  People can find forgiveness in chaos when they are surrounded by pure love…Jesus’ love.
Can our families show this in this day and age?  Yes.  Is it hard?  Sometimes.  Will we fail?  Yes.  Is forgiveness available?  Yes.  Second chances are what God and His Kingdom is all about.
Work hard to have your family be a beacon of light for others to watch so that they can catch a glimmer of what God’s Kingdom looks like.
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