Sep 15, 2012 - Ponderin'    Comments Off on Lessons From An Ostrich

Lessons From An Ostrich

“Are you a man or a mouse?”

These are words often used to challenge a man to stand up to his potential.

While reading Job 39, I wondered, “Am I a mother, or a bird?”

Job and his friends sat for days, philosophizing as to why Job’s world had collapsed.
God listened to this folly long enough to become angry, then challenged Job’s thinking.

Job 39:13-17 tells us what careless mothers the ostrich are! “The wings of the ostrich wave proudly… She leaves her eggs on the ground..she forgets that a foot may crush them or a beast may break them. She treats her young harshly, as though they were not hers-her labor is in vain, without concern–because God deprived her of wisdom…”

Are we no better than the ostrich? Are we devoid of wisdom? Do we protect from those who would devour their minds and bodies? Do we train? Do we develop their character, such as truth and honesty?

Teach the child to work, no one owes them anything.

Teach the child respect. Ex 21:15 “He that smiteth his father or mother shall be put to death.”

There should be a difference in the way a child speaks to the family dog and his mother!( or anyone else) When we teach children boundaries and give the discipline they cry out for, we are performing our God-given roles.

Shore up–are you a mother or an ostrich?

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