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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Ten Committments

by Jody Worsham
All rights reserved for the Big One

All parents have to deal with the untruth, the "story" the fib, the white lie, the fantasy, or the out right lie. What you call it depends on the age of the child.  After uncovering the actual truth with the youngest, it was time to make my point.  I had covered the legal aspect, the moral issue, a man's word is his bond; now it was time to drive home the Big One.  I stood him in front of an engraved wall plaque that was given to me by my mother, under similar circumstances I am sure.  On it was inscribed the Ten Commandments.

I went over each one, carefully explaining that these were God's laws and were more important than any others.  Ok, I went throught the adultery one pretty fast.  He's only eight.  He was looking at the list,  but I was not sure he was listening.

The next night he was watching television when he came running in saying "We shouldn't watch that show.  They said something they should not have said."  I could not imagine any inappropriate language on HGTV so I asked.

"What was said?"

"She broke rule  number three.  She said 'My God" and she wasn't praying.  She did ot follow the Ten Committments."

The Ten Committments! I think I like that better than saying the Ten Commandments  which have eight rules saying what NOT to do and only two telling us what we should do.  Wouldn't it be wonderful if we all followed the Ten Committments?  After all if you believe, then shouldn't you becommitted  to God's laws?

The Ten Committments

I am commited to serving the one God.

I am committed to worshipping God and avoiding all graven images no matter what they might look like today.

I am committed to using God's name in praise, worship, and prayer.

I am commited to observing the Sabbath.

I am committed to caring for my father and mother.

I am committed to preserving life.

I am committed to being faithful in marraige.

I am committed to repecting the property of others.

I am committed to speaking the truth.

I am committed to being happy for what my neighbor has.

The Ten Committments.  I think he was listening with a deeper understanding than I was.


Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I like The Ten Commitments so much better.

The word "don't" is so overused and it is a reason so many "do".

Masshole Mommy said...

Awww! The ten commitments sounds so much cuter! I love, LOVE the things that kids say sometimes and they way they look at things. It's a refreshing perspective!

Susan said...

Hi Jody, thank you for visiting my blog. Now I've dipped into your world I can see I will be spending a lot of time here. You are amazing.

Rob-bear said...

That is a profound list, Jody. I'd like to borrow those ideas, if that's OK.

I'm also puzzled about your adopting and raising two children. There must be a wonderful story this new reader has missed.

Blessings and Bear hugs!
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