Babies, Baseballs, and Batting Averages

A word to parents:

My great grandmother told a lie – a well-meaning lie, but a lie nevertheless.  To my mom, then pregnant for the first time, she fibbed...

“Don’t worry.  The instructions come with them.”

Babies arrive with tears, hunger, curiosity, even a touch of sinful nature, but certainly not instructions.

When God creates each child, He, as said proverbially, “breaks the mold.”  So, even if by some alignment of the stars, parents master the art of raising their first, their second child sends them back to their rookie year in the minor leagues.

Today I hope that you, as you parent, feel like you hit two runs in for the Cleveland Indians.  You may, however, feel like you just took three strikes for the third time as you stood at the plate for the Akron RubberDucks (yes, that’s actually a team).

Fear not.  You remain on the team!

All parents enjoy when their children live by the words of Colossians 3:20.

Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
As you strive to place your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, parenting life as an offering before God, and long for 3:20 to exist in your home, pledge to heed and follow the words of Colossians 3:21...
[Parents] do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.
That will make it much easier for them to follow 3:20.

Play ball!

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