To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.
“This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.”
~ John 3:20-21
When I was little, I heard stories of my Grampy and his foul mouth. I never experienced it, but I heard he liked to swear. My dad did not. He used made-up swear words. Kay Arthur, Bible Study author and speaker, said her father used to say the first 5 books of the Bible instead of swearing.
I had my season. My father and mother tolerated it, but one day my dad asked me to name several people I held in esteem. So I did. He then asked if they swore. I was so ready to have an argument in defense of my father’s impending case, but all I could say was , “No,” because that was the truth. He then said nothing and left me to think.
Then, I watched this commercial and wondered where the kid who threw his phone (even though he was an actor) might have learned that behavior. My imposition on this staged situation was that he had probably seen it somewhere, and perhaps the writer of the commercial had as well.
The behaviors in the Nationwide commercial are supposed reactions to being treated unfairly, or like a child. We should listen, take the time to hear the frustrations of a child. We have all experienced the same treatment or frustrations in our own lives. The key is that (hopefully) we are past throwing things, stomping our foot (uh oh!) and responding as the children in the commercial were prompted. Because we walk in the God-light.
Today, pray for the children, and their frustrations, and look for their teachers, and significant adults in their lives that they can show the way in spirit and in truth.
Because of Him,