“Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world” (Philippians 2:14-15).
Phil and Marti were in a difficult situation. They loved Phil’s family and wanted to be an encouragement to them. The problem was the way Phil’s brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Judi, were raising, or perhaps better stated, were not raising their children. Jim was only a year younger than Phil so their children were fairly close in age. Phil and Marti loved the Lord and wanted to raise their children to be respectful and obedient without grumbling and complaining. You guessed it. Very sadly Jim and Judi put up with long tirades of grumbling from their children. The situation became even more difficult when Phil and Marti’s children noticed the difference. Years later Rochelle spoke to Marti, her Mom, and said, “When we were growing up, I thought you and Dad were mean. Now I know it was because you really love us. I want to be the kind of mom that you are. As you always put it, ‘An honest question will bring lots of explaining. But there is never room for grumbling and complaining.’ Mom, I want to use that when the Lord gives us children.”
For today: It is important for children to be taught. Often, however, right teaching and right living by the parents are the first steps for children in what will be caught.