MOMMA’S RULE

 

by Bill Crowder

 

“Put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt.” — Ephesians 4:22

 

I met a delightful woman named “Momma Charlie,” who has raised a dozen or so foster kids. These youngsters were assigned to her by the courts, and she gave them a home with stability, guidance, and love. She told me that every time a new child arrived, the first order of business was to explain “Momma’s Rules.”  These included behavioral standards, plus chores that would provide much-needed help in the busy household while teaching accountability to kids with little previous training.

 

Some of the children may have balked at “Momma’s Rules,” thinking they were robbing them of fun or pleasure — yet nothing would be further from the truth. Those standards allowed for an orderly household where both Momma and the children could find life enjoyable and peaceful.

 

Similarly, some look at the standards God set forth in the Bible as obstacles that prevent us from enjoying life.  However, the boundaries God places actually protect us from our worst inclinations and foster healthy responses to Him.

 

In Ephesians 4, for example, Paul provides some guidance for how we are to live. As we live by these and other loving instructions from God, we find protection and the opportunity for true, lasting joy.

 

Today’s Prayer

 

Father, thank You for the boundaries of life that protect us from sin and from ourselves. Give us the wisdom and grace to respond gratefully to Your Word in areas of danger and temptation.

 

Forwarded to you by UP CHRISTIAN YOUTH MOVEMENT

NCCP Ecumenical Ministry – Church of the Risen Lord

University of the Philippines, Diliman Campus, QC

 

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