Familiarity Breeds Contempt

Saturday-July 23, 2011

One of the oddest things about raising children is when we hear something about them from others that we as parents have yet to experience regardless of what we have taught them, for example, consideration. When I heard that one of my children had done something out of consideration for someone else, I would ask myself if it was really my child to whom they were referring. No doubt it is a rather proud moment to hear something positive, and eventually I do get to see in my child what someone else experienced. Those moments encouraged me to not give up on the teaching, sharing and hope for God’s purpose in their lives. In any family system youth sometimes have this uncanny sense of things being “equal” in terms of familiarity, which as we know is far from the truth. From birth to adulthood there is much to be learned, and youth don’t always believe what you tell them until they have had some (or many) experience for themselves outside of the home. That’s okay because it is part of the pruning and growth process. Let us pray and trust that our children continue to be reached and affected by those whom God has called to go out to proclaim and teach the gospel in the same way it has reached and affected us. In this way we combat the enemies playing field.

Mark 6: 1-13 “Prophets are not without honor except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.” …and he was amazed at their unbelief.