TODAY THE WORDS are DON’T BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU. My daughter Missy and her wonder dog Luna are featured in the photo above and when I saw this photo, this blog’s inspiration came to me. This doesn’t apply only to dogs as we can use a good life lesson about biting the hand that feeds us (meaning our parents). Biting doesn’t necessarily mean a physical encounter and can include what I call snipping each other. Words indeed are the sharpest edge tool we have in this life. Have you ever been giving your puppy or doggie a small treat and they are so excited to get it, they snip your finger. It stings and even though it is unintentional, you usually scold the dog or cat. Words are a lot more dangerous as that small physical snip will heal; words, however, have a sometimes life long effect. I see so many children “snipping or biting” the hands that feeds them or in other words, disrespecting with language which is so vile or contemptuous, I shudder when I hear it. When did parents stop holding children accountable? I hate to go back to the childhood days, but if you think either of my parents, or most of my friend’s parents, would have tolerated that kind of rude come backs; are you badly mistaken. They would have responded if we “bit” them and we would have been reminded not to let that happen again. By the way, what happened to yes mam or no sir? It seems now a nod or a yeah or a huh suffices. Parents, you are doing an injustice to your children if you don’t take the time to encourage your children to respect others. Listen, if they don’t respect you, they will not respect themselves or believe they deserve respect. At this time on the soap box, I will add something; if you don’t respect them, you are also adding to their demise of self worth. It has to work both ways. If I can tell you how we say, Yes Sir or Yes Mam behind our grandchildren failure to say those words but it is worth it when they say it on their own. Their parents are instilling this mannerisms into the children and we appreciate it. It takes only a second to give your children a good feeling. Remember, children are mimics so if they hear you say good things, they do; if they hear vile language, they will say it too; if they see you praying, they will pray; if they see you do bad things, they will want to copy you. A parent’s responsibility is heavy; parent’s children are a blessing if you give them an opportunity to do well; or parents fail if they don’t take the time to do the job right. Live life; love life; and live life to the fullest by loving your children more than you love your personal time. The rewards come later in life when you smile at something your grandchildren do because it reminds you of their parents!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord
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