Thursday, January 14, 2016

Kids, gotta love 'em

Brenda and I have the great pleasure of babysitting our grandkids from time to time.  We enjoy doing it.  When our kids were little we never lived close enough to family to have their grandparents take care of them.

Fairly often we babysit two of our grands together, with both under 3 y.o.a.  This is a good service to them and a good reminder to us.  Young kids are a big responsibility and a LOT of work.

I think back to our five kids, when they were young. Those were busy, busy days, that I had forgotten until we started babysitting.

In late spring 1991, we moved our five to Houston, TX, while I worked down at JSC.  Our youngest was 2, our oldest a freshman in High School, at Clear Lake High.  We survived for about 14 months, before returning to AL. I remember those days, but not the challenges.  It had to have been tough to move to a new town with all those kids.  It wasn't really that new, as we had passed two or three summers there in earlier years, so we had a church and some friends already.  But buddy, that musta been some kinda work!!

G^d gives us a memory, but also a forgetter.  I had forgotten about all the work involved with little kids.  Maybe that is as it should be.  Some things we OUGHT to REMEMBER, some things it is good to forget.

Scripture tells us this.  "Forgetting what lies behind, I press on towards the mark..." Phil 3:13.  But in contrast, G^d reminded the Israelites, "Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day." Deut. 5:15  We are also to remember other things related to G^d's deliverance of US!!

And, just like G^d delivered those people from the Egyptians, he delivered us from the domain of darkness.  He did it with a mighty hand in our case by the Blood of The Christ.

Now that's something to remember! 

Oh yeah, and remember those little kids too!  Those were the days!

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