In our kitchen hangs a print which I bought at the local Walmart.  The print contains some pretty good rules for happy, healthy, and successful living.  The heading states “House Rules.”  And the rules are as follows:  Hug often; Be nice and play fair; Help each other; Use your manners; Do your best; Forgive quickly; Be generous; Use kind words; Try new things; Laugh every day; Respect others; Be yourself; and Never give up.” 

I don’t know what the source of these rules are, but most of them I can pin down to a Judeo-Christian morality that can be found in the Bible.  You might boil all these down to “Live life to the fullest,” (i.e. carpe diem or Ecclesiastes 9:10) “Do all things based in love,” (this encompasses the “Golden rule” and the two greatest commandments)  and “Be all that you can be” (the old Army ad slogan or Colossians 3:23-24).  In any case, they are pretty good rules to live by.  The important thing is to have a life that is lived deliberately by a moral code, and the best, most consistent moral codes that I’ve discovered are to be found in the Bible.  If we do not live deliberately and consistently by a moral code, and if we do not remind ourselves daily about the right rules for living, we tend to let them slip away.  This human weakness in forgetting morality if not constantly reminded of it is addressed in Deuteronomy 4:9: “Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren…”

Not only should we remind ourselves of the best moral rules, but we should also constantly teach them to the next generation or they will be forgotten quickly.  This is what happened to the Israelites of the Bible time and time again, and this is what has happened to our own nation as we have forgotten in the last generation about the God that blessed us and made us a great country.  The important things must always be reinforced constantly to ensure that they will remain in the forefront of our consciences and in the habits of our hearts and minds.  There should be a persistent conversation about morality in the various situations we encounter throughout the day with our children.  This constant moral discussion is what is referenced in Deuteronomy 6:6-9:  “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

More about this tomorrow.  I pray that you will be consistent in your walk with God, being a good example of loving, righteous Christian morality and that you will have wisdom and opportunity to teach those around you about what you believe from the Bible.   

 


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Bonnie Pruett
05/26/2013 6:52am

Lonely Road Home, That's a great title for this page. I just learned about it today from my brother in Christ. From what I've seen of it already and having his thoughts on it, I know it's a page I will vist often. Thank you for sharing all these wonderful things with us. It definitely lifts my spirit and feeds me more of God's word. I can never get enough of it. May God Bless you and give you more than you ever dreamed. May He grant you what you need to continue sharing the gospel in his name. Vaya con Dios.

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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