Fame

~ And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one. ~ (1 Thessalonians 4: 11-12)                 How often do we look at the lives of celebrities and wished we had what they have: money, expensive house and cars, fame and friends?  Movie stars, business people and politicians all seem to have every advantage in world.   The desire to be famous and…

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~ Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. (1 John 3:18) ~ Did you every play superheroes with your friends when you were young?  There were so many characters to choose from: Superman’s X-ray vision, Spiderman’s web spinning, Flash Gordon’s speed and, my wife’s favourite, Wonder Woman with her Lasso of Truth.  Armed with some impromptu costumes and a

prayer

~ Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. (Colossians 4:2) ~                 When I was little, my parents would make us pray before and after our meals: “Lord bless this food for Jesus’ sake. Amen.”  Prayer was recognition that the food we received was from God and that He always provided for our family.  I knew that I had to say the ‘words’ before I got to eat the food that was steaming on my plate.

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 ~Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths (Proverbs 3: 5-6)~            One of the activities both my wife and I have encouraged in our children is a love of the outdoors.  At six months, the twins began their trail adventures, strapped into a front mounted baby carrier allowing them the maximum view of their surroundings.  We moved on to “safaris” in their…

listen

~ Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. (Proverbs 19:20) ~             If you are a father, you likely have heard a version of the phrase that my daughter fired at me the other day.  As the twins have gotten older, my wife and I, like our parents, have been giving the kids chores to do in the house.  Small tasks like taking the recycling to the garage or bringing their dinner plates to the counter.  Surprisingly, Simon has taken to…

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~ Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.  (Proverbs 13:20) ~ For me, one of the biggest fears I had for my children when they entered elementary school was not so much the teachers, academics or location; it was the friends that my children would make and who would be an influence in their lives.  I was particularly worried about Simon as he is a bit of a risk-taker and very social.  After the first few weeks of school, Simon began…