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Listen and Obey

When our kids were little we had a constant saying in our house: your job is to ‘listen and obey’. It seemed to cover most every situation and was simple enough to understand, but difficult enough to accomplish that it had to be repeated many times throughout the day.

As the children got older, they started to question the command, asking me what my job was; I told them that my job was to ‘keep them safe’, and as long as they were doing their job and I was doing mine, everything was going to ‘be just fine’. Notice the three word combinations; easy words, hard concepts.

There is no need to follow our kids around, reminding them of their jobs anymore, but that doesn’t change the fact that they, and all of us, need to listen and obey God and help to keep one another safe and everything will be just fine.

Blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey it. Luke 11:28

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  1. Great word! I use a similar but different approach but I will definitely use the “listen and obey”. Makes sense when applying the Word of God in it. Thanks!

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  2. If I had to sum up my parents approach, I would say they didn’t request me to obey. If anything, in our family, I believe the word was simply ‘respect’. ‘Obey’, to me, is too final, it’s too limiting. I was taught to question, to investigate, to ask for reasoned explanations.

    My dad was amazing at this. He never raised his voice, he never had to. Instead he used to quietly talk to me, ask me how I thought my actions were perceived, how did I affect others.

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