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November 5, 2008

Do You Have Your Child's Soul in Mind Today?

I have been reading the book "Don't Make Me Count to Three!" by Ginger Plowman. So far I have really enjoyed it. Yesterday I read a quote in it by J. C. Ryle that I thought I would share. "Train with this thought continually before your eyes: The soul of your child is the first thing to be considered. In every step that you take about them, in every plan and scheme and arrangement that concerns them, do not leave out that mighty question, 'How will this affect their souls?' " For me I find it is so easy to get caught up in the happiness of my child. But I know there is a bigger picture. That of their souls. So even though it may mean getting off the couch when I really don't feel like it making a 'hard' decision and following through with it, even though I know it won't be popular, addressing an issue even though it would be more convenient at the moment to let it slide, dealing with the same issue over and over...... And the list goes on. More times than not, it is because of my laziness or my selfishness that I do not parent the way that I know I should. But in the end, what is going to matter? It will be my child's soul, my child's eternity. Not their happiness, not my fleshly desires, THEIR SOULS.

1 comment:

Laura said...

I've not heard of this book, sounds good.

Tired, lazy, and selfish is hard to see at times...and hardest to see when we are acting any of these ways. Not to mention how we justify why it's ok to act in this manner.

But as you said it's not ok, and looking at the big picture "I" see many faults I have in these areas. I want to honor my Lord, be obedient to HIM, and consider what I'm doing to help for my children and their SOULS.

Thank you for this post, and a tip on another good book.