Sunday, 4 December 2016
I read an email this morning and was thinking about it - how can we learn to be humble? I have observed different types of parents:
1) Parents who are too busy to teach – they ‘delegate’ it to others
2) Parents who teach but set a ‘standard’ that’s too high
3) Parents who reward and emphasizing on the ‘returns’
4) Parents who do things with their kids – enjoying every moment
Children learn like a sponge. They learn from their parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers…
If we abide in Him and He in us, we will bear much fruit – love… Apart from Him we can do nothing (John 15:5 and Galatians 5:22-23).
Some life stories:
A father punishes his son for not doing something the way he wants it. The son has no clue what he wants. The son said, “If he doesn’t show me, how am I to know?”
A mother teaches her daughter how to do things (her way) because she thinks that her way is - the best way, the right way, the only way.
A mother rewards her children for doing household chores. In time, her children expect returns for the things they do.
Today, we live in a busy world. Our daily life is program-packed and we often rush our children from one place to another. A toddler was trying to put on her shoes. The father said, “Quick! We are late!” The caregiver hastily carried the child, picked up the shoes and hurried out of the childcare centre.
Notwithstanding the above, there are parents who take their time teaching, guiding, encouraging and allowing their children to learn things (life skills) at their own pace. There is a lot to learn about raising a child. We may use the same method but each child is special.
Dear Father God, please teach me as I teach my children. I want to be teachable. You said, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” (Psalm 32:8)
You also said,
Father God, none of us is perfect in our ways. You said,
O Father, Your word that goes out from Your mouth will not return to You void. Your word will accomplish what You desire and achieve the purpose for which You sent it. Amen!
O LORD, You are our Father. We are the clay, You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand. (Isaiah 64:8)
Father, You have a plan for us – for each a different plan – to prosper us and not to harm us, to give us hope and a future. Today, we call upon You. We come and pray to You. As promised, You will listen to us, individually and corporately. We will seek You and find You when we seek You with all our hearts. You said, “I will be found by you and will bring you back from captivity.” Father, set us free!
In Jesus’ name I pray!
Lam Yee Ling
Life in Christ: Yearning and Yielding