Friday, January 08, 2016


I cheer you on, moms and dads.  Use those constant negative infractions which naturally come your child's way to train them for a desperately needed attribute for life.

I'm not sure exactly how accurate my assessment is, but I point out that we seem to live in a time of perpetual quitters.  We quit relationships.  We quit employment.  We quit learning.  We quit applying.  We quit trying.  We quit. We must break this definite trend.

The reversal would be that of endurance. Endurance has the connotation of fighting to the finish; even of the most extreme measures.  Stamina is the picture of Jesus...and expected of those who follow.  The fact that a central part of the fruit of the Holy Spirit is patience speaks intensely as to the need that we must never give up; never cave to struggles.

I think one thing that would give us a boost is the simple truth that we don't have to give up, give in, give out, or give over.  Sure we hit the assumed impasses.  Yes, these trenches beat upon us at times.  But even a stronger yes is that the picture of Jesus being beaten to his death only to roar back to save those very beaters is a clue as to the power-life in front of us.

Rough days?  Rough ways?  Difficulty?  Stress?  No one says you are misreading.  What I want to say to you is, So?  Use these days to grow up, to grow into Jesus, and to grow out becoming very capable and ready to fight for a people called society who very much need to meet a winner; one who has been beaten but kept coming back to life!

A power move for parents might be to back off of the pampering and move into the training during and in the center of the hot spots of discouragement and difficulty.  If we don't, we are going to continually turn out generations who live on the run.

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