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In 1999, I met Sarah while preaching a revival in the church her father
pastors. I enjoyed my time with the entire family. I count her father as
a close friend in the ministry and learned to love the whole family while
Sarah is in that wonderful age between childhood and the terrifying
teenage years. While I was there, she had to sleep with her two big sisters
and I stayed in her room. Hanging on her wall was a handmade poster, I'm
sure it was there for the benefit of her two older teenage sisters. It
1. No hitting Sarah or her friends.
2. No making fun of Sarah.
3. Respect her property.
4. No one can be bossy. Except Sarah.
It can be hard to be a kid, especially when surrounded by people who
are bigger and enjoy more privileges. Like Sarah, I was the third child.
I got tired of my brothers bossing me around, so I naturally wrote down
her rules. I wish I'd been smart enough to hang a similar list on my wall
when I was a kid.
Children often feel out of control. It is nice when they find a way
to express their independence while enjoying the fruit of their dependance
upon their parents. It is hard work growing up. And as children bump against
that time between dependance and independence, it's nice to have a little
space-a place where they're the boss-even if they have to loan it to the
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