FAMILY. The place where principles are hammered out on the anvil of daily living. Where character traits are molded and shaped under the watchful eyes of moms and dads. The batons in this relay are many.
FAMILY. The place where principles are hammered out on the anvil of daily
living. Where character traits are molded and shaped under the watchful
eyes of moms and dads. The batons in this relay are many.
Determination. "Stick with it—regardless."
Honesty. "Speak and live the truth—always."
Responsibility. "Be dependable, be trustworthy."
Thoughtfulness. "Think of others before yourself."
Confidentiality. "Don't tell secrets. Seal your lips."
Self-control. "When under stress, stay calm."
Patience. "Fight irritability. Be willing to wait."
Purity. "Refuse anything that lowers your standard."
Compassion. "When another hurts, feel it with him or her."
How is this done? Over the long haul, believe me. There are no
100-meter-sprint courses on character building. Relays require right timing
and smooth handoffs . . . practiced around the track hour after hour. And
where is that? The home. God's built-in training track for runners. That's
why He urged all the dads in Moses' day to relay the truth:
You must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am
giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about
them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going
to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on
your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and
on your gates.
What a genius plan! In the everyday grind of life, relay the
truth—diligently . . . consistently. If you determine to do this, you'll
have to fight two major mistakes that plague the relay: slow starts and
sloppy handoffs. You really don't have forever, moms and dads.
Procrastination is an enemy. Nor can you dump a ton of truth once or twice
a year. Crisp, sharp handoffs at just the right time each day make winners
out of runners.