God’s Children: Responsive, Not Rebellious   Leave a comment

$ dreamstime_2626206As a young parent, I so wanted the best for my children, as do all parents. I wanted them to be successful in life and to wisely govern themselves. In raising my children I often turned to Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy for guidance. One of the many statements I took to heart reads: “Children should obey their parents; insubordination is an evil, blighting the buddings of self-government” (p236).  Since I knew how important it was for all of us to obey our divine Parent, our heavenly Father’s laws outlined in the Ten Commandments (see Exodus 20: 2-17) and Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (see Matthew 5-7) I felt it must be equally important for our kids to obey the rules patterned after those laws in our home—to not tell lies or hurt others, but to treat them kindly; to respect others’ property; to share; to be gentle, courteous, and helpful; in short, live the Golden Rule (see Luke 6: 31)—doing “unto others as we would have them do unto us” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health, (p497).  Not only would that help them as adults, but it would also make family life happier, more peaceful, orderly, productive, the way we’d all like it to be! But the big question was, How could I best aid my children along these lines? How could I help them be responsive to the rules they needed to follow, rather than rebellious?

This article, God’s Children: Responsive, Not Rebellious, by Glory Holzworth was originally published in the September 30 2013 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.  The full article can be accessed via JHS-online .

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