The simple truth is that the behavior we learn as kids is often the same behavior we exhibit later in life—only in a more sophisticated manner. If your child is showing these signs of entitlement, it may be time to set the record straight:
Without realizing it, Christopher and I had each concluded that our family’s version of reality was morally superior. This is referred to as ethnocentrism. I was guilty of ethnocentrism when I harshly evaluated his family’s Thanksgiving traditions. He was guilty of ethnocentrism when he judged me as incompetent because I didn’t put out extra marinara sauce.
Regardless of whether you love your singleness or not, none of us was made to live alone. In the garden, God remedied the problem of aloneness by creating Eve for Adam. But if a man and woman complete each other, then who completes the single person?
Kim Menon was an avowed atheist. As a child, her parents took her to church but no one could satisfy her with the answers she sought. "I thought believers just weren't intelligent enough," Menon said. A kindergarten teacher in Seattle, education is a central part of Menon's life. Striving to get involved in her students' lives and to know their parents, she believes that's how students best learn and grow. But Menon had no idea this path would lead her into a Christian commitment.
When we learn new information about another person, we have several options. We can speak to that person about what we’ve learned, speak to other people about it, or keep it to ourselves and speak to God. Gossip is saying behind someone’s back what we should say to their face, or not at all. Here are eight diagnostic questions to help you discern with me whether, in talking to others about another person with whom we’re struggling, we’re actually gossiping.
Every couple of months it is worth drawing up a fresh husband policy. We can always benefit from a little sharpening of our marital calling, goals, and intentions. Lately, I have been thinking about responsibility. I am responsible for my marriage. I take this from Paul’s discussion on marriage in Ephesians, which begins, “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church” (4:25).
There is no denying that having a family member with Down's Syndrome has negatively affected my family in different ways. From the first diagnosis of this disability, to the indeterminate years that follow her graduation, the hand of God has been hard to find. By God’s grace, He has used these moments to point my family towards Himself, not His plan. Amanda is a means by which God has taught us to love Him more. I want to focus on three ways my sister with special needs has taught me how to trust God’s heart.
"Church leadership is far more complex than business leadership," says Bill Hybels. "The redeeming and rebuilding of human lives is exceedingly more difficult than building widgets or delivering predictable services."
Though discipline and punishment may look and feel similar in many ways, they are radically different. Punishment seeks retribution; discipline seeks restoration. Punishment looks to the law; discipline looks to grace.
Motivations are one thing, expectations are another. If you asked most people, they would affirm that there is no such thing as a perfect spouse. However, I’m betting that most of those same people would probably also affirm the “perfect-for-me” theory of spousal selection. Let us disabuse ourselves of that expectation. There is no perfect person on this earth waiting for you. Find me a potential spouse, and I’ll show you a sinner — because we are all sinners.