Teaching the Important Things 

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A mother-mouse was taking her two little mice-kids for a walk. Suddenly, a big ol’ cat jumped out of the bushes. However, the older mouse shouted “Bark!”

At that, the cat ran away.

Then, the mother-mouse told her youngsters, “See, children, that’s why it’s important to learn a foreign language.”

Tongue-in-cheek example aside, our parents taught us many things to prepare us for life. Then, it became our duty to teach the next generations the important things such as: always say please and thank you, respect your elders, show good table manners, always tell the truth, brush your teeth after each meal, be kind, be confident, admit when you’re wrong, work hard, save money and spend it wisely, be independent.

But the most important thing we should teach the next generations is to Love God and keep His commandments. Ultimately, all other lessons pale in importance to this one great truth. We taught our own kids this but we need to teach our neighbors and our friends and those who are far off, as well.

“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). 

Larry Fitzgerald
Woodlawn church of Christ
Abilene, TX

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