Stop, Drop, and Roll
Anonymous - Aug. 27, 2016

Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

We have had to turn to this verse many times in our family. Not only is the importance of adults knowing and living this, its just as important for children and teens as well. Families share a lot of time together and learn from each other. Were all growing and maturing; from a baby, to a child, to a teen that knows it all, as we approach adult life, we are constantly learning. Marriage, having and raising children,  making mistakes with money or choices; everything we go through is a lesson.  Thank God there is a foundation, a set of “rules”, an important guideline that we can follow to help us along the way.

These words are in a book that has been circulating for over 3500 years, and there is more to that book than some of us  realize.  As time has passed, these collections of history, truth, and advice are all important and relevant to us to today.  These 66 books were created with God as the author, using 40 different men to proceed with the knowledge. From Shepherd’s, farmers, tent makers, Doctors, fishermen, and even kings.

The book of Ephesians is a book that Paul wrote, inspired by the Holy Sprit as he lay in prison for the church in Ephesus. His intention was to help others around the world (even to this very day) to understand Gods eternal purpose for the church. There is wisdom, forethought, and purpose. Who doesn't want that?  This is where we find just one direction to follow, and yet its not so easy on some days.

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

I asked my children what this means to them  (1 teen, another pre-teen and the other a single digit still), and here's what they came up with: So we can represent Him and not the world. God is different from the world. He is love and selfless, and most of the time, people (i.e.: world), only care about money, status, and themselves. To honor your father and mother, say nice things, to compliment, to care for your brothers and sisters, to forgive each other because we all make mistakes, to be soft, nice, tenderhearted, to listen, open doors for the elderly, and to help each other. These are the things that we should be concerned with

Sounds so elementary right? But it is very important that we not only teach this next generation, but we remind ourselves of this. Kindness, compassionate, and forgiving. We will never stop learning, growing and teaching. This Scripture will help us to stop, drop and roll. Stop being selfish, drop the attitude, and roll over to a position where we can look beyond ourselves to others.  We thank you Lord for your foundation that you have set for us. Not only for your people of the past, but for us today, and your future children as well.  Help us surrender our lives daily to you. Amen