Wednesday, December 5, 2012
That Peace Would Reign
The children and I have a bible study together every morning and the conversations that flow from these times are sometimes rather enlightening. This morning we were talking about the state of the heart being seen through attitudes and deeds of the person. One of the questions at the end of the study asked how you could know a person was selfish, self-centered or proud. The children immediately had answers! They noticed that when this person acted that way they were being selfish. When another did that, they were being proud. They had a lot to say about other people's behavior, but, I noticed, they didn't see any of the attributes in themselves. And then I questioned further. "What is going on in your heart when you sigh and complain when I give you a task"? "What about when you provoke your brother or sister"? "How is your attitude when someone else gets something you want? Are you happy for them or envious of them"?
It is amazing that it is so easy to see other peoples faults and sins and completely disregard our own. When an argument arises, it is far easier to identify the problem in the other person rather than seeing our own culpability! How much more peacefully we would live our lives if we spent more time examining our own motivations and attitudes and bringing them back in line with the word of God rather than picking apart the lives of others. I know that in the case of my own family, peace would reign.
As Sir Knight and I strive to raise Godly, productive and capable children, we must not forget to teach them the lost principle of disciplining one's own self. We must teach them to actively look to the error of their ways long before they search the ways of others. We must teach them to search their hearts and know that their motivations are pure before they cast blame on another.
"For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged".
1 Corinthians 11:31
Just think of a world where people took the responsibility to police their own thoughts and actions! Peace would indeed reign.