Saturday, March 10, 2012

How to have poor children.

"He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich."  Proverbs 22:8 

This is yet another reason not to inundate our children with thrills and expensive tastes.
Pleasures, self indulgence, and fineries of high society are spoken of here.  Many times parents out of affection happily lavish their children with all the thrills, pleasures, self indulgence, and finery possible.  By indulging them in this they create a love for all this in their children thus assuring that their descendants become poor in more ways than one.

Today most people MUST have pleasure, wine, and oil.  And so parents will be misunderstood for protecting their household from this, but give it 20 years or so and others will wish that they would have followed your example, if they even understand at all.

Now I'm not meaning that Dad (or Mom) should be a spoil sport or a grouchy type drill sergeant looking for ways to deny his children of any fun.  Dad should strive to be his family's favorite man in the whole wide world.

But give your children blessing, loyalty, integrity, a work ethic, a fear for God, proper training, a righteous example, self denial, and joy in the home, and they will live a blessed and truly rich life.

May God help us to " lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour."


Sherry L Dickinson said...

Phillip, this verse and comment is so true. I am sad that so few parents are aware of this concept. Because of the scarcity of things I had as a child, every single blessing I've received has seemed like diamonds, rubies, and great treasure.
Oh, for more people to know that the less hype, the less materialism, the less expense, the less luxury, the less,less, less...this is the best way, the humble way, a very rewarding way. I always enjoy your posts, SO MUCH. Love, Mom D

Beth said...

Thank you for your blog posts that are so helpful. Praise God for HIS truth, that will ALWAYS be true, no matter if people obey or not.

So thankful that all of you are safely home. We are praying for dear little Elijah and Mary!

The Dickinsons said...

My Sweetheart Phillip,
Just wanted to THANK YOU for being the BEST DADDY IN THE WORLD! =) Thank you for loving our children and for giving us a wonderful life here, and helping us prepare for our life in Heaven too.

Thank you also for the beautiful bouquet of flowers you brought me the day you arrived home from Argentina! =) We are SO GLAD to be back together as a family!

I love you,

Steve~N~Angela said...

Couldn't agree with you more. Thanks for this post and your thoughts.
We are finding the closer to Jesus we get, the less those opinions around us matter. Meaning, things are nice sure, but that is just it they are only THINGS..Trying to keep up with the Jones spells TROUBLE and is unpleasing to our Savior. He is the one from whom all these "things" come from anyway!!
We came into this world with nothing that is how they say we will leave.. The only thing we will be able to take are the eternal investments we made, to lay down at the feet of Jesus.
Praise God HIS truth is marching on

God Bless, Steve& Angie

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