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HEAR stands for highlight, explain, apply, and respond. Moore teaches us why family is so important, and so difficult at times. Why do our families have so much power over us? Family can be the source of some of the most transcendent human joy, and family can leave us crumpled up on the side of the road. Family can make us who we are, and family can break our hearts. Why would this social arrangement have that much power, for good or for ill, over us?
Moore and his wife have five sons. Moore","name":"Moore, Russell D. You save money by ordering as an all-in-one box. Proverbs teaches us that grandparents are truly delighted by their grandchildren. God provides this extra zest and zeal to help them celebrate. My resentment only attempts to block their blessings.
It makes me wonder if I am missing other blessings because of selfcenteredness. Ultimately, we must accept the fact that life is not always about us. Dear God, replace my jealousy with joy and help me see your love in the generations of family members. You have created a world that intertwines the lives of us all for your good.
Something about this kid at Robby's school sets his teeth on edge. This morning as I dropped him off at school, this kid got out of a car ahead of us, and the mere sight of him sent my son into a rage. He began to mutter angry words and clench his fist. A means of soothing this rage comes from the words of Christ. He had his share of enemies, too. Jesus' response was to pray for them and to love them. Robby's rage and reluctance reminded me of my need to handle my enemies with Christ, too.
The negative emotions never solve the problem. We all have enemies, and Jesus is always the best response to them.
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Dear God, you are the solution to our enemy problem. Please provide the power to turn to you and not on them in crisis times. He who keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble. Proverbs RSV. Middle-school basketball is competitive and aggressive. On the court, a player from the opposing team was guarding Chris and called him a hurtful name. My son had two choices: be the thing he was called and retaliate, or embrace who God made him and keep quiet. Chris kept quiet and kept on playing. If he had retaliated, he would have risked being ejected from the game. This is true in life also.
Our opponents realize that sometimes the only way to slow us down is to get us put out of the game. And we can hasten this by losing control over our mouths. Words have weight because they are sometimes used as weapons.
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That's why the writer of Proverbs tells us that our tongues need to be monitored. We would experience less turmoil in our world if we truly kept or controlled our mouths. Dear God, help me control what I say. My tongue needs divine guidance. In your name and in your power I can watch my words.
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs NRSV. After I reminded him twice about his chores, Chris responded with a sassy comment and an aggressive tone of voice. That was talking back, which is a no-no in our home. Talking back occurs when a child does not accept what an adult tells him or her to do. Talking back is disrespectful of authority and attempts to put the child and the adult on the same level. After correcting him, I admitted to myself that I am guilty of talking back, too.
I often talk back to God when God gives direction to my life that interferes with my plans.
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There was that hot day when I didn't want to visit the sick with Communion. God was clear, but I responded poorly. Like Chris, something else appealed to me. My talking back was disrespectful of God, and in my own childlike way, I attempted to put myself on the same level with God.
Dear God, when you speak in my life, give me an obedient spirit that responds with readiness and joy. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians NKJV. Failing at anything is disheartening because it makes us doubt ourselves. Math has always been a failing subject for me, and so it is for Chris, too.
Though he tried mightily, he still failed math this semester—even with a tutor.
What a blow it was to his self-esteem to try so hard and still not pass the class. As I watched him mope around the house for days, I thought about an antidote for his predicament. When we fail in life, we can still find success in Jesus Christ. Paul's words to us in Philippians speak to anyone who has tasted defeat and seen no way up. It is not about us, but it is all about Jesus. When we doubt our own ability, confidence in Christ enables us to get back up and try again. Jesus is our greatest pick-me-up. Dear God, when failure invades my world, remind me of your ability to transcend it.
He became bored with his buddy and abandoned him to take a nap. Robby did not understand the need to show himself friendly to his buddy even if he was tired or busy. There is value in being a good friend to others. There is a link between how we treat others and how they treat us. The writer of Proverbs emphasized the importance of consistently and constantly treating those we are close to with love and care. These words cause me to take a look at the ways I treat my friends and strive always to be loving.
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Dear God, I want to be a loving friend at all times, but I realize that I need your help to move my needs and wants out of the way. Focus me on being a blessing to others. This may not make sense, but sometimes I feel like my parents love my sons more than they love me.
This is probably an irrational fear, but my folks seem to have more time, money, and laughter for the boys than they ever did for me. As I watch them relate to one another, I feel a pang of jealousy. The jealousy is a problem of the flesh. I need to understand that there is a spiritual bond between grandparents and grandchildren. Proverbs teaches us that grandparents are truly delighted by their grandchildren.