Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Daily Devotional- Parenting

Day 27

20 After the flood, Noah began to cultivate the ground, and he planted a vineyard.21 One day he drank some wine he had made, and he became drunk and lay naked inside his tent.22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw that his father was naked and went outside and told his brothers.
During the Flood Noah demonstrated obedience to God under incredibly difficult circumstances. His obedience waned, though, when the earth dried. In this particular case, Noah made wine, got drunk and passed out. His son, Ham, discovered Noah in this dishonorable position and mocked him in front of his brothers. When Noah woke up, he cursed Ham. It's interesting to note that, while Ham was wrong and deserved consequences, Noah wasn't exactly accountable for his poor example.
As parents, we need to humbly admit sin even when it is commingled with the sin of our children. If we fail to take responsibility for our mistakes and focus on the mistakes of our children instead, we provide an example of blaming and excuse-making. Our kids may conclude that the rules do not apply to people in positions of power or authority.
Our willingness to confess and repent provides a powerful example for our kids.

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