Relationships and Parents

No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues.
                                ~ Bertrand Russell
Fathers, don’t exasperate your children by coming down hard on them. Take them by the hand and lead them in the way of the Master.
                                ~ Ephesians 6:4
     I don’t remember what lead up to it.  I just remember what my father said.  “I don’t want to have an adversarial relationship with you, I want to have a good relationship with you.”
     I don’t remember how old I was, just the feeling that my dad recognized that things could be better between us.  He was already the smartest man I knew, and more important than smart, he was wise.  He thought things through, he looked down the road.  He flew over Long Island when he was considering a job here at Grumman Aerospace after using a compass and drawing a circle with a thirty mile radius. He then determined he did not want to drive into the sun, and that he wanted to live on the North Shore because it was most like home, home being Massachusetts.
       This man who designed planes with the pilot’s safety at the fore, was taking a look at our relationship and determining that it could be better.  And it was.  Better than before.  It also made me more conscious of my part of the relationship.
     Our Heavenly Father sent His son to improve the relationship between us and God.  And we also have our part in the relationship.  A part of that relationship is listening, looking down the road with the arm of Jesus over our shoulder.  And a part of that is keeping in touch.   If you are a parent, consider the word for today.  If you are a child, look to God for today’s roadmap. Let “G” in GPS be God.
     Because of Him,

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