Thursday, October 16, 2008

Staying in Focus

In a devotional this week, I read this statement by Oswald Chambers:



"...sin is not wrong doing, it is wrong being, deliberate and emphatic independence of God."



Now, this may not be any new information for you, but it has been great help in explaining some things to my boys this week, and has brought some renewed clarity in my thinking.



It's not about what we do or don't do; it's about where we stand.



This distinction helps me to know that I don't teach my boys to focus on staying away from pornography, drugs, alcohol, swearing, deceit, sexual promiscuity, etc., although we do talk about those things.



Instead, it reminds me to focus their attention on the connection they have with God.  On the relationship that is severed by sin.  The choice of deliberate independence of God and the resulting consequences.



In the past, I think I directed my kid's focus too much on what not to do, rather than on having a relationship with a loving, living Christ.



I hope this truth will bring the same clarity to your own thoughts!



Make sense?



Do you read "My Utmost for His Highest"?





Robin

8 comments:

Theresa said...

I do read that book. A beautiful friend bought it for me and it has been a blessing!

Robin....This is what I was talking about the other day. When I said I miss you. This is it. This right here. Just in case you haven't guessed.....This is really what I was talking about!! :)

I so miss my constant feeding of Robin's Interpretation and also parenting lessons.

1 question though.....How come you weren't out there doing push ups with the girls. LOL No answer needed. Someone, Mimi, had to watch those boys. :)

Jayma said...

I read it evvvery morning. I am obsessed. I've been reading it for three years...somehow it never gets old and new things are always brought out of it. :)

erin said...

Oswald Chambers seems to anticipate what I'll need that day and somehow decades ago wrote the right thing for me. Oh maybe that's God ;-)

donna said...

I read my Utmost for His Highest every night before bed. Good stuff!

Full of Joy said...

Thanks Robin, I need the reminder.

deleise said...

That is so good, Robin. I think I do the same with my kids.

I need to start reading that again!

misti said...

That is so awesome - sometimes i tend to beat my self up for past sin - put as you said sin is sin - and we should just focus on Jesus and following Him- so glad to know you are so wise and encouraging!!

jimmy paravane said...

Look, yer enemy has invested a huge amount of effort into getting you aliens to teach your kids to be mirrors instead of lamps. You do realize you're interfering with that process? (grin)