My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Friday, March 9, 2012
From Generation to Generation
“Be careful to listen to all these words which I command you, so
that it may be well with you and your sons after you forever, for you
will be doing what is good and right in the sight of the LORD your God.
(Deuteronomy 12:28 NASB)
The Lord gave Moses the Law which the people were to follow. He
was explicit in his instructions regarding all manner of things,
including their daily lives. God knows the need for humans to have a
keen understanding of how to live their lives each and every single day.
If they would obey the law of God, their daily lives would go well.
And not only would it go well for them, but also for their children who
would come after them.
I must confess that I am a bit concerned about what is happening to
the very fiber of society. I'm wondering whether (at least in the US)
we have come to a place where we no longer have any rules for daily life
and there will be nothing left to hand down to the next generation. I
am amazed that there seems to be a complete lack of
rules/discipline/boundaries for family life. It seems as if "anything
goes." Maybe it's because so many homes are either single-parent homes,
or homes where there are two working parents. In many of these
situations it appears that previous structure within a home is lost.
On a very practical level it appears that there are no regular
mealtimes for children. I can guarantee you during the time of Moses
there was this kind of structure and they followed the rules regarding
diet as well. Today, you find parents saying, "My child doesn't eat
that." Usually this is said in regard to healthy, nutritious food. Or,
what about the fact that often there is no kitchen or dining room
table. Where are they eating? I'm assuming in front of the television?
Is there any time for conversation? Is there any time to learn the
discipline of eating together with others around a dinner table? Is
there a discipline of waiting for others before we begin to eat -- or
even of praying?
And what about the simple care of the home? One of the more popular
shows on television today is "Hoarders." Here we find people who seem
to be addicted to "stuff" to the extreme. Often one can barely step
into the home because there is so much "junk" to be found everywhere.
Now, not everyone lives to the extreme of "hoarders" but it does seem
that we have such large houses with so much stuff that we have trouble
managing it all. As a Pastor, it was extremely rare to ever be invited
into anyone's home anymore. Why? I'm guessing for a couple of reasons.
One, the house was a mess and two, we have lost the art of
hospitality. That's why we go out to eat all the time. In the not to
distant past our local church used to go out on Wednesday nights to the
homes of the new people who had attended on Sunday. They wanted to drop
by and bring them a little gift. We had to stop that ministry because
people don't even want to open the front door. They'll pretend they're
not at home. Is it because they don't want a church person to visit, or
because their home is such a mess that they don't want anyone to see?
I've actually stepped into a few of those "hoarders" homes, and it's
Children coming from a home where there is more structure and
discipline will do better in school. Not only will they do better,
often their work is light years ahead of other students. We keep
complaining about the quality of our schools, when it is the quality of
our homes which makes such a major difference.
So, back to the practical question of the day -- what are we passing
along from generation to generation? God had given Moses practical
instructions on the daily lives of his people. He promised them that if
they would follow his commandments and his laws that it would go well
for them, and if it went well for them, it would for the next generation
coming after them. I'll be honest -- I'm afraid of what the next
generation looks like here in America. It's not just about knowing how
to cook, eat and clean -- those are just markers of a society which is
losing self-discipline. I'm going to guess that as you look below these
surface items you also find homes in which there is little Bible
reading or personal devotional life; where children are allowed to
decide if they "feel" like going to church today or not.
God gave us the Law for a purpose. Maybe we ought to study the word
and allow it to be our guide, even in the simple every-day aspects of
life. Not only will this be a testimony to the world around you, but it
will be transformational. It appears that many today are looking for
the solutions to societies ills -- to what is being handed on to the
children. The solution, for many, is found at home, in a family that
takes the Law of God seriously and applies it to their lives. Then, we
can believe the promise given to Moses that it will go well with you and
the generations to come.
Lord, help me to be a faithful follower of the law each and every single day of my life. Amen.