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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Parental Gifts

What is one way your parents sacrificed for you? How did you feel about that unselfish sacrifice then? Now? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 1615).

The sacrifice that my parents made brought benefits not only to me but to others as well. Both my parents had a great sense of self-control arising from their love of individuals. I never once heard either of my parents criticize anyone even during intimate family circle times such as at the breakfast table or the dinner table.  The way I received benefits from this love was that never in my life did my parents raise their voice in anger at me (or anyone else).  There is no question in my mind but that this was a special attribute of my parents and I would not have fared so well in other environments.  I accepted their patience, love, and self-control as normal at the time. Now, however, based upon my own behavior I see how exceptional it was.

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