Wednesday, August 4, 2010


Joshua 1:7-9
Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Romans 14:9-11 The Message
That's why Jesus lived and died and then lived again: so that He could be our Master across the entire range of life and death, and free us from the petty tyrannies of each other.
10-11 So where does that leave you when you criticize a brother? And where does that leave you when you condescend to a sister? I'd say it leaves you looking pretty silly—or worse. Eventually, we're all going to end up kneeling side by Text Colorside in the place of judgment, facing God.

Visiting Bar Harbor, Maine this past week gave food for thought in the way of instructions and working side-by-side within a group, especially within a family. Just across from Bar Island these one-time-Kayakers were given instruction by the young woman [Instructor] seated in the first picture [above]. She reminded me of Moses, instructing the Israelites, or a Mom instructing her kids about something important. I have never Kayaked myself, but as I eavesdropped on this conversation between the instructor and her 'students', I was amazed at the things she told them.... like: "whatever the person in front of you does - mimic that," and "keep a close eye on the other kayaks and the people beside you and in front of you. They will give you a 'heads up' as to what comes next," and "stick closer than a brother so you won't drift away."

These simple instructions reminded me of the family unit - especially with brothers and sisters. As parents we are to instruct our children in the way of the Lord from His Word. Then it is up to those children to respond in cooperation and obedience. Instructions must be taught. There is no way around that. Without these instructions there would be chaos, possible harm, and disunity. Those instructions would prove beneficial for the entire group of kayakers, as well as in the family unit - and to ALL who follow through in cooperation and obedience.

Choosing JOY,


Sonya Lee Thompson said...

What sound advice, I admit! Perhaps the instructor has a Biblical background. :-)

We do need to instruct our children, that is so true. But it's disturbing how many parents just don't take the time to do that - which is evidenced by their children's behaviors.

Sharon Sloan - Joy In The Truth said...

Stephanie: I love this about cooperation and obedience.

The Lord gave me this verse so loudly recently...reminding us that we, as parent, much teach our children all things...including the fear/reverence of the Lord. Reverencing the Lord and His Word are the foundation of love and obedience.

Psalm 34:11
Come, my children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

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Runner Mom said...

I'm with Sharon--wonderful advice for all of us! If we show our love and obedience to the Lord, our children see that we live it. Praying that they will choose to follow Him as they get older and eventually out on their own.

Kelly Combs said...

Great instructions Stephanie, for kayaking....and for life!

KrippledWarrior said...

Amazing how real instructions on real life, can apply across topics.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Keeping our eyes on the one in front of us...

Ummm, ummm, ummm! That will preach.

A great visual for me tonight. How I need my brothers and sisters in Christ!


Warren Baldwin said...

Great advice and column.