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Before the kids were born,
there are some things I promised that I'd never say to them. But now I
open my mouth and hear my parents speaking.
"Eat your green beans
or you won't get any dessert."
"Have you cleaned your
"I'm sorry, but I don't
have time to play with you."
Have you seen those airplane
disaster movies where the pilot is incapacitated and the flight attendant
asks the passengers if anyone on board can fly the plane? Well, if no one
else volunteered, I'd do it. Do I know how to fly? No, but I'm a take charge,
land the plane kind of guy. Not many challenges paralyze me.
Then why do I feel so inadequate
when it comes to parenting? I knew I'd be a better parent than my Mom and
Dad, but that all changed with the birth of our sons. I now think they
were the best parents in the world and call them for advise on raising
the boys. In fact, I'm open for help from anyone.
There is a question I'd like
help with. What do you say when your kids ask the terrifying one word question:
"Why?" The answer "because I'm the Dad and I said so"
is the stock reply, but can you think of a better one? I've tried "why
not," but their inevitable answer "because" defies any intelligent
Perhaps, the stock answer
isn't so bad after all. It is the best reply generations of parental wisdom
has produced so far. Maybe it is like requiring your children to eat green
beans before they eat chocolate cake, or making sure they learn to clean
Job asked God the "Why"
question. "Because I'm God and I said so" is a pretty good paraphrase
of God's reply to him.
were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know
so much. 5Do you know how its dimensions were determined and who did the
surveying? 6What supports its foundations, and who laid its cornerstone
7as the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?
8"Who defined the boundaries
of the sea as it burst from the womb, 9and as I clothed it with clouds
and thick darkness? 10For I locked it behind barred gates, limiting its
shores." (Job 38:4-10 NLT)
Parents know what is best
for their children and God knows what is best for us. Have you ever noticed
that it is easier to question authority than to follow it? Why is that?