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"LIVING LIFE UPSIDE DOWN" by Russ Lee
John has a new way of looking at life
He’s tired of his job, his kids and his wife
He says the secret to his success
Was in leaving and finding himself
Now he’s someone to somebody else.
And you say we’ve risen to a new age of truth
You’re calling it a spiritual Godly pursuit
But I say, I say,
We’ve got a program for saving the earth
While unborn children are denied their right to birth
One baby’s blessed, another cursed
Have we made this world better or worse
Now that the life of a tree comes first
And you say we’ve risen to a new age of light
You’re telling me what used to be wrong is now right
But I say, I say,
What if we’ve fallen to the bottom of a well
Thinking we’ve risen to the top of a mountain
What if we’re knocking at the gates of hell
Thinking we’re heaven bound
What if we spend our lives thinking of ourselves
When we should have been thinking of each other
What if we reach up and touch the ground
To find we’re living life upside down.
Who Is To Blame
We read in the paper and hear on the air
Of killing and stealing and crime everywhere.
We sigh and say, as we notice the trend,
“This young generation... Where will it end?”
But can we be sure it is their fault alone?
Are we less guilty, who places in their way
Too many things that lead them astray?
Too much money, too much idle time;
Too many movies of passion and crime.
Too many books not fit to be read;
Too much evil in what they hear said.
Too many children encouraged to roam;
Too many parents who won’t stay home.
Kids don’t make the movies; they don’t write the books.
They don’t paint the pictures of gangsters and crooks.
They don’t make the liquor; they don’t run the bars.
They don’t make the laws, and they don’t make the cars.
They don’t peddle the drugs that muddle the brain.
That’s all done by older folks, greedy for gain.
Delinquent teenagers; oh how we condemn
The sins of the nation and blame it on them.
By the laws of the blameless, the Savior made known;
Who is among us to cast the first stone?
For in so many cases, it’s sad, but it’s true,
The title “delinquent” fits older folks too!
Dr. Henry Cloud and John Townsend teach that, ?as a rule, children don?t know what they are doing. They have little idea how to handle life so that it works right. That?s why God gave them parents ? to love them, give them structure and guide them into maturity. [From Focus on the Family website: Adapted from Boundaries With Kids by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. in the May/June 1999 issue of Physicianmagazine. Copyright © 1999, Focus on the Family.]
. “The 1989 Armenian earthquake needed only four minutes to flatten the nation and kill thirty thousand people. Moments after that deadly tremor ceased, a father raced to an elementary school to save his son. When he arrived, he saw that the building had been leveled. Looking at the mass of stones and rubble, he remembered a promise he had made to his child: “No matter what happens, I’ll always be there for you.” Driven by his own promise, he found the area closest to his son’s room and began to pull back the rocks. Other parents arrived and began sobbing for their children. “It’s too late,” they told the man. “You know they are dead. You can’t help.” Even a police officer encouraged him to give up.
But the father refused. For eight hours, then sixteen, then thirty-two, thirty-six hours he dug. His hands were raw and his energy gone, but he refused to quit. Finally, after thirty-eight wrenching hours, he pulled back a boulder and heard his son’s voice. He c...
“Insanity is an inherited disease. You get it from your kids.”
"How often have we prayed something like, ’O Lord, be with cousin Billy now in a special way’? Have we stopped to consider what it is we’re requesting? Imagine that you are a parent who is preparing to leave your children with a babysitter. Would you dream of saying, ’O Betsy, I ask you now that you would be with my children in a special way?’ No way. You would say, ’Betsy, the kids need to be in bed by 9 pm. They can have one snack before their baths, and please make sure they finish their homework. You can reach us at this number if there’s any problem. Any questions before we go?’ We are very specific with our requests and instructions for our babysitters. We want them to know specifics. It should be no different with prayer."
David Jeremiah, Prayer: The Great Adventure, p. 58.
And yet James Dobson asked hundreds of teens what they would like to tell their parents. Their answers might surprise you:
* Teach us about God and spiritual things.
* Guide us towards good marriages by modeling a good one.
* Don’t curse and smoke, if you don’t want us too.
* Be consistent and follow through on things.
* Play with your kids.
* Tell us that you love us often.
* Look for good things in kids and not just the bad.
* Don’t pressure us too much to excel.
* Believe us and believe in us.
* Talk to us straight about sensitive subjects.
WHAT KIDS NEED
Today’s kids desperately need Dads who:
. . . play catch, enjoy tea parties or wrestle because the heart of a child is there and they set out to capture it.
. . . laugh till their belly hurts and tears fall from their eyes while secretly creating deep friendships and memories that last a lifetime.
. . . place an out of tune preschool concert or a ten-year-old’s baseball game on life’s agenda because of the infinite worth of those playing.
. . . love at all times, because live is a gift freely given and not a reward for service well done.
. . . listen eye to eye and with both ears even if it means getting on one knee.
. . . admit when they are wrong and work to make things right.
. . . hear about those in need and say, "Let’s do something to help right now!" and set off an uncontrollable wildfire of generosity and kindness.
. . . give the credit to others and empower those they touch to succeed...
Why can’t we build orphanages next to homes for the aged? If someone’s sitting in a rocker, it won’t be long before a kid will be in his lap.
— Cloris Leachman
“Serving daily in the monotonous details of life uncovers the deep roots of selfishness in my soul. Feeding, sheltering and clothing my family translates into cooking, cleaning, and laundry EVERY day for years with no end in sight. This is no short term mission trip. The constant demands of two your children on my time and energy sap the strength from me. This daily serving can make me downright cranky. This is when I wonder how God’s idea could possibly be true. Rick Warren has led the free world to pursue their purpose in life and is feeding Africa. I reorganized the toys today to fool the kids into thinking their new. (Free parent tip: This Works!!) How am I great in God’s kingdom? One day I was having lunch with a friend who is currently in full time ministry. Somewhere in the middle of a lengthy conversation, she said, “I want to tell you what an example it is for me that you are obeying God by staying home with your children right now. I know it is difficult for you but you still choose obedience. Your life encourages me to obey God.” That’s when it hit me. Well-known leaders often inspire and challenge us but it is “daily life” leaders who deeply influence us.”