Divorce is not a Dirty Word

Week Five Day Four

Being respected is more important than having great riches. To be well thought of is better than silver or gold. . .The wise see danger ahead and avoid it, but fools keep going and get into trouble. . .Train children how to live right, and when they are old, they will not change. Proverbs 22:1, 3, 6

I don't know how many times I have said, or heard someone else say, "I don't care what anyone else thinks of me, I am going to do what I want to do." There are many factors in life that might drive a person to such a drastic position. It could be that they are doing something wrong and don't want to face it. Maybe they are doing right and others want them to do wrong. It doesn't matter, what verse one says is right, being respected, having a good name, is one of the most important aspects of being a Christian, and one of the best things we can pass on to our children.

Tony Campolo, quotes a minister he heard speak as a young person, in his book, Who Switched the Price Tags? "Children,' he said, `you are going to die! You may not think you're going to die. But you're going to die. One of these days, they're going to take you out to the cemetery, drop you in a hole, throw some dirt on your face, and go back to the church and eat potato salad. When you were born,' he said, `you alone were crying and everybody else was happy. The important question I want to ask is this: When you die are you alone going to be happy, leaving everybody else crying? The answer depends on whether you live to get titles or you live to get testimonies. When they lay you in the grave, are people going to stand around reciting the fancy titles you earned, or are they going to stand around giving testimonies of the good things you did for them? Will they list your degrees and awards, or will they tell about what a blessing you were to them? Will you leave behind just a newspaper column telling people how important you were, or will you leave crying people who give testimonies of how they've lost the best friend they ever had? There's nothing wrong with titles. Titles are good things to have. But if it ever comes down to a choice between a title or a testimony go for the testimony."'

The choices we make in life effect not only us, but everyone around us. More importantly, they effect how our children view God. When I look back at the wrong choices I made, I hurt. What hurts most is the effect I had on others. Choose this day to glorify God in all you do. Make the testimony of your life be one that gives God the glory. He will see it and reward you one day (or way) or another.

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