The financial planners, Scott and Bethany Palmer, wrote an interesting article on how children may pick up lying from observing their parents’ life experiences. It was found, according to Psychology Today, that most people lie once or twice a day. Other research indicates that men lie more often than women. Curious to find out why men lie more, the National Bureau of Economic Research did a study and found inconsistent parenting to be the cause. Parents lied 14% more in front of their sons rather than their daughters. In a test, parents lied 42% of the time in front of their sons during a coin game involving prizes. It’s not really known why parents lie more in front of their sons unless they are trying to impart more honesty onto their female children.
A child may think deception is ok when the father takes the child to a store, buys something for himself and then tells the child “mom doesn’t have to know about this”. When the child grows older they will often use this tactic on the parent by keeping information from them when they are concerned about repercussions about their actions.
Knowing that your spouse seems to always says “no” to anything you want to purchase or do, have you ever planted your desire as an idea in your child’s mind? The child will plead and beg for that vacation or new dog when all along it is the parent who really wants it. The spouse gives in because it’s coming from the child as an earnest request. You just taught your child how to manipulate others.
The Bible tells us to train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. To train your children you must have a way that you go. Have you chosen a way? Is it the right way?
A large storm system stretching from Texas up to the Great Lakes and down to North Carolina moved through the U.S. on Wednesday. Illinois was particularly hard hit where two people died and many homes were swept off their foundations. Many others were injured as the storm passed through. In addition to high winds and rain, grapefruit-size hail, up to about four inches in diameter, came down, smashing cars and buildings.
Twelve people who sought safety in a storm cellar beneath a restaurant, found themselves trapped when the restaurant collapsed on top of the cellar’s entryway. The group was rescued ninety minutes later.
The unusual event in this situation is the size of the hail. It reminds us that the Bible talks frequently about hail. Many times God uses it for judgment and sometimes it is used to encourage people to live according to God’s statutes. When Moses was trying to get the Jews released from Egypt, he announced that one of the plagues would be a severe hailstorm. The Bible tells us that one of Pharaoh’s servants feared the word of the Lord and brought his people and livestock into the buildings. Livestock left in the open perished while his lived.
In the future when God judges the earth, the Bible tells of a time when hail mixed with fire will be cast to the earth. This will cause a third of the earth, a third of the trees, and all the green grass to be burned up.
Some may think grapefruit size hail is large and can cause significant damage. The Bible tells of a time during the tribulation period when hailstones of about a hundred pounds each will fall from the sky. This will cause men to speak irreverently about God because of the plague of hail.
The plague of hail is typically used on the enemies of God or those who don’t want to follow His ways. Many might find it hard to believe – but plagues are often meant to turn people to God and a better way of life. Think about how a drug or alcohol dependant person might view the well-meaning intent of the actions in a rehabilitation hospital. The people on the receiving end don’t appreciate the methods used by those who care and want to help people avert disaster. What we see today reminds us of what is coming. The good news is we don’t have to go through this judgment if we follow God’s way now.