Whatever is Worthy

My heart overflows with a good theme; I address my verses to the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. ~ Psalm 45:1

Observation – The Elderly Laugh — March 13, 2015

Observation – The Elderly Laugh

Why is it that when we are young, we do not take time to weigh the consequences of our choices? Things are done without thinking, without knowing or caring about the repercussions of our actions. We go after immediate pleasure, instant gratification. Seeking to satisfy the things that our flesh desires. At times we do not deny anything that is pleasing to our eyes. But something happens throughout the pilgrimage of our lifetime. The once, self-seeking bliss, becomes plain nonsense. We no longer desire to do the things we once did. As we approach the end of our stay on this earth, we see a transition occur.

I’ve witnessed some of the elderly stare into space, laughing aloud at times. Youngsters may brush it off as if they’re crazy. But are they really? Could it be that they are thinking of the youthful follies they’ve committed? Perhaps the laugh is not a mischievous one of recalling all the “fun” they once had. But the chuckle can merely be one of contempt, irony, maybe even regret. All with the reality that they can’t go back and change the things they did. That they did not remember their Creator in the days of their youth and, thereby, forsaking the stupidity they engaged in.

Now most sit in a contemplative state. Again, just staring into space. It’ll be interesting to know what they’re really laughing for. I guess we won’t yet know until we reach the end of our course. (That is, if your choices don’t cut your life short.)

The Ant and the Grasshopper – a poem for my son — March 6, 2015

The Ant and the Grasshopper – a poem for my son

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I’m sure most of us are familiar with the fable, The Ant and the Grasshopper. If not, I’ve included here.

In a field one summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.

“Why not come and chat with me,” said the Grasshopper, “instead of toiling and moiling in that way?”

“I am helping to lay up food for the winter,” said the Ant, “and recommend you to do the same.”

“Why bother about winter?” said the Grasshopper; “We have got plenty of food at present.” But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil.

When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food and found itself dying of hunger – while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer. Then the Grasshopper knew: It is best to prepare for days of need.

Having read the story one day, I thought about my son. I had been trying to teach him about the negative outcomes of laziness and being unprepared. The following is a poem that came to me after having read the story. I read the story and shared the poem with the family that evening. I’d like to share it with you as well.

Oh my son, learn at this tender age,
to avoid the same mistakes we’ve made.

In life you have to work hard for the things you want.
No excuses. No ifs, ands or buts.

You weren’t born rich, nor poor,
but to a family that gives you the world,

And oh, my boy, we have a story for you.
A story, to help you think of the things you do.

See we read the story of a grasshopper and ant,
followed by all the drama they had.

We hope you take heart and change your ways,
don’t be like the grasshopper that hungry he stayed.

Why? Because he was lazy indeed.
His parents must’ve warned him as we have thee,

The things that we tell you are for your own good.
Don’t let pride cloud your judgment and make you a fool.

My son, my son, we love you so very much.
We simply desire you grow just as much as God does.

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I love my children so much. I can just pray they heed to my counsel.

~ Ambism

Hey! That was intended for you, not me. — March 5, 2015

Hey! That was intended for you, not me.

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The perfect person does not exist. Let alone the perfect child. Yet, as a mother, I have a tendency to forget that and often impose things on my children that I do not impose on myself and, conveniently or ignorantly, bypass.

For example, I was recently waking my son up asking him to get his day started. I told him once and went into the kitchen. About 10 minutes later, I realize that he was still in bed. I told him again to get up, he opened his eyes and turned in his bed. He looked like he was finally going to get up, so I went back into the kitchen. Another 10 minutes passed and he was not up. I became annoyed, firmly told him to “Get up. Now!” and then went on to lecture him about how we should not be lazy and questioned him as to why it takes him so long to get out of bed when he should just do it the first time. As I scolded him for his laziness, it dawned on me that I do it too. The difference is that I do not have a parent waking me up, but an alarm clock. I have been trying to show my children that we should not be lazy, even drawing from scripture; when all the while, I did the same thing by repeatedly snoozing my alarm clock.

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I know how I want my children to be – a God-fearing, honorable, man and woman. I strive to shape that desirable character in them. Sometimes my technique is effective. Bam! They have learned their lesson. End of story. Other times my technique is questionable, even flawed. Such as when I am being repetitive in explaining why they did something wrong, why they need to aim to be a certain way without any compassion on my part, or just simply looking to change their behavior by making them feel bad. Another example is when I have had an outburst of anger if I was not obeyed. These techniques, while it may get their attention momentarily, does not have the lasting effect I want it to have – biblical repentance and a resolve to imitate Christ. Besides, God does not work that way in correcting and disciplining His children. He does not manipulate us to feel bad. In fact, I am reminded that it is His kindness that leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4).

I forget that I must, above all else, model Godly behavior so that they may imitate me as I imitate Christ. If I desire my children to be more loving towards each other as well as to other people, then I have to model love in my life. I have to study love and apply love in my life. In my study, I must remember what God’s word says in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 that:

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

It is unrealistic and even hypocritical of me to seek to cultivate patience in my children, if I am not interested in cultivating patience in myself or even trying to actively model patience. The same thing applies if I am trying to eliminate rude behavior in my children, while I am rude without the desire to be like Christ. While I understand that we have not achieved a perfect state of Godly character ( and we will not achieve a perfect state of patience, love, etc., on this side of glory, but will rather grow in them), we are admonished to seek after these good things, to pursue holiness. The Word clearly says that love is manifested by being patient, kind; not envious, boastful, arrogant, rude, demanding, irritable, resentful, etc. Oh what pressure! What a challenge!

Thank God that all believers have the Holy Spirit at work in them to remind, show and help cultivate the fruit of the Spirit. Thank God that we are growing in grace day by day. I am most reminded of my short-comings when I see them in my children. It is then when I know I must turn to God’s holy word and see what He has to say to me about these things. I have to go before my Lord in prayer, repent, and ask that He cultivate this Godly character in me so that I may be more effective in my children’s lives. I thank the Lord for allowing these situations to occur in which reveal my own short-comings, my sins.

As for my sleep-loving son, he still has to get up when I tell him. Though we are working on it. I still struggle with my alarm clock, but I am aiming to snooze less until the day that I get up at the first ring. Oh the joy that day will bring. In the meantime, as the kids say now-a-days, the struggle is real.

Stay encouraged, ladies. The Lord will complete the good work that He’s begun in us (Phil. 1:6). God bless you! 🙂

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Hello world! It’s nice to meet you. — March 3, 2015

Hello world! It’s nice to meet you.

I am delighted to pursue this new endeavor. I love to write and am very passionate about the things I write about. I have a lot to say (having been erroneously accused of being somewhat of a chatterbox), but I’m learning that there is a “time to speak and a time to be silent,” to be wise in what I say, and to make sure that what I say is profitable to others. The main purpose of this blog is to express my thoughts about different topics that are dear to my heart, scripture that I may be mediating about, encourage the brethren and, most importantly, to glorify God.

I hope you would join me in this new journey of mine. I would love to hear your thoughts. And may we pursue to dwell on whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is honorable, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, whatever is excellent and whatever is worthy, for the praise, glory and honor of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

~ Ambism

P.S. In honor of the date, let us continue to March Forth! God bless. 😉