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March 7, 2010

Good Advice

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

If I would listen to my wife, I would learn a great deal! (That comment should bring several comments!) And I do listen, although not as attentively as I should. If I would listen more, I would learn more!

Judy has the ability to teach a great deal in a few words.  She has been a real shaper of the identity and character of our children.  Whether a consistent response is visibly seen or not, I know that she has carved a set of values in our children that will equip them to make good decisions in difficult situations.

Often in those times when you cannot be with them as a parent to give ‘on-the-spot’ counsel, you must trust that they will be guided by an abiding sense of who they are.  Knowing who you are becomes a strong influence in the decisions you will  make in so many areas of life.

Though the years I listened to Judy as she so often gave counsel to each of our children as they would leave to move to that ‘unprotected-by-parent’ situation.  You know that you pray for them when they leave, but there is still a desire to offer one more word of counsel.  Judy used an expression that has burned into my memory as I remember our children leaving.

Judy’s admonition was, “Remember who you are, and remember whose you are.”  Good advice, Huh?  Think on it for a moment.

A child hears the reminder of the training they have received; the involvement of the family in all they do; of the reflection upon the family for all their conduct and decisions they make; and the responsibility to be true to themselves; and above all, their responsibility as a child of God.

It is great advice for parenting . . .  but it becomes a superb counsel to all of us for any situation.  The implications are also numerous for adults.  Faced with peer pressure, responding to bad news, dealing with the loss of a job, handling a provoking confrontation, or planning your life, this advice will influence our response!  In such times, we need to remember who we are, and remember to whom we belong.  Can you not hear our Heavenly Father speaking to us as His child as we face life?  “Remember who you are and remember whose you are.”   For one who can hear our Lord speaking such words to us, I am sure that we will handle today and tomorrow, in all circumstances, with more maturity!

Thank you, Judy.  One more spiritual truth you have taught me . . . and hopefully, others likewise.

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your body.”  (1 Corinthians 6:19,20)




  1. Can I borrow that statement? It is powerful and to the point. Something I need to remember every day. Should put it on my mirror, starting the day that way would make all the difference.

    Comment by Angela — March 7, 2010 @ 11:59 am | Reply

    • Angela, Thanks for your comment and support. No expression or statement in God’s family should belong to anyone exclusively. Every thing that can help build us up in the Lord or in His family, should be used. May God use this to strengthen your life each day. Lawson

      Comment by lawsonjolly — March 7, 2010 @ 3:06 pm | Reply

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