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May 11, 2011

Spent Every Dime

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

We always kid our children about our Last Will and Testament.  We warn them what they will find when they open the Will.  “Being of sound mind, we spent every dime.”

Most parents seek to leave some legacy and assets to their children.  Most people expect that there will be something for the children to share or there would probably be no reason for a Will.

Through the years I have observed and even counseled parents about what they are leaving their children.  And I am not speaking about “dimes.”  I am referring to the heritage of faith and values!  Regardless of material assets, every child receives much from their parents.

I consider carefully that many parents strive with all the fervor possible to give to their children proper direction in life regarding morals, values, and lifestyle.  Yet, there are those children who seemingly ignored such influence . . . or had a determined, rebellious spirit.  Those parents grieve and truly suffer a broken heart.  None of us have the answer why such a child goes a different direction.

But I am  reflecting on those parents who, “being of unsound mind, wasted every dime.”  I realize this is a judgmental position, but I believe there is sufficient testimony to validate this.  What I mean is that too many parents so indulge themselves with what they consider “pleasures” that the children in those homes become a product of that environment.  There are so many teenagers and young adults today living a lifestyle that is an exact replica of the parent.   From moral bankruptcy of the parents, the children inherit the same.

Generation will usually follow generation.  If parents have no commitment to moral values, then society can expect the same from their children.  Too many parents “spend every dime” of moral substance so that they leave nothing of value and character for their children.  And so, a generation will repeat itself.

Why do parents have to so live for themselves that the offspring will head for the same tragic life?  Many young lives are being wrecked and destroyed because they did not inherit the substance for happy and prosperous living.

Perhaps I cannot assume responsibility for the lack of moral instructions given by parents.  But I do need to confess that perhaps I, and others, fail when homes are such a disaster.  You, see, many of us have the answer for a different home.  It is the spiritual values that are the priority.  From spiritual values come a sense of morality, decency, purpose, unselfishness, love, and joy.  Faith that is center in the person of Jesus Christ results in a home that provides a foundation and direction that carries through to the next generation. 

For those of us who know this truth, could we be making a difference in the next generation if we were touching the lives of those parents today?




  1. Good thoughts, mentoring others. I remember my Daddy saying, save some of all you get. I think coming out of some hard times (The Great Depression) made him realize early in life that you need to hang on to what you have. I have noticed that you and Mrs. J. set a good example to those around ya’ll by talking about thrifty ways of living.

    Thank you for all you do,

    Comment by Doris — May 11, 2011 @ 10:44 am | Reply

    • This forum neeedd shaking up and you’ve just done that. Great post!

      Comment by Marty — May 25, 2011 @ 7:24 pm | Reply

  2. I forgot to comment on the most important part. When I was small both parents took me to church. When we moved to the country and Daddy was farming, he was always so busy with the farming he didn’t take time to go, but Mama took us to church, Sunday School and VBS. I am happy to get children to church, if it’s without their parents, but if we can reach the parents and teach them to bring them, perhaps they will be learning more about what they learn from church in the home environment. In answer to your question, yes definitely we could make a difference in future generations by touching the lives of parents today. “yes” !!!!!!!! Thank you for your inspiration today!

    Comment by Doris — May 11, 2011 @ 10:54 am | Reply

  3. Walking in the presence of giants here. Cool tihkning all around!

    Comment by Xandy — May 26, 2011 @ 1:01 am | Reply

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