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Years ago, Bill Gothard taught a principle I never forgot. He said, “What ever we tolerate in moderation, our children will indulge in to excess.” The visual picture that went along with that for me involved an Elder in the church where I grew up. He had an extensive liquor cabinet in his home. He drank regularly and sometimes allowed his underage son (who was a friend of mine) to drink. Years later, he bemoaned the fact that his son grew up to become an alcoholic.

That came to my mind when I first heard that statement: “What ever we tolerate in moderation our children will indulge in to excess.” How often do we sow the wind … and then get shocked by the whirlwind that inevitably comes our way.

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