If you ever been through a divorce, been in a car accident , got behind on your bills, had death in your family or any other troubling situation, then you know that life isn't easy. This reminds me of something my mother or father used to tell me when they would say," You make think that life is full of peaches and cream". "But what you don't realize is that, its hard out there".( They were right.) But if you happen to be an adult then you know as children, most of us thought that we knew it all. Therefore we couldn't wait until we were grown and now that we are many of us now realize, that our parents were right. I don't know about you, but now that I am grown all up with responsibilities of my own, All I Can Do Is Smile.
As a young man, that was about to get out on his own, I often question my mother or father practices. I thought that they were too hard on me, when in fact they were only trying to prepare me for the future and the outside world. I remember a conversation that I had with my father, when after a party I came in later than he wanted me too. He looked at me in a way only my father could, mean and intimidating. Then he said to me," Chuck didn't I tell your butt to be in at twelve"? Being that I was eighteen, I felt like I was a man, so I shouldn't have to be in at that time. So stupidly I said to my father, that I am a man and no I shouldn't have to come in at that time. ( I said stupidly, because if you knew my father back in the day, you would know that he didn't play and that he would have killed me if I disrespected him). Then my father asked me this question, Chuck you really feel like a man and do you really think you have all the answers? I said," Yes Daddy I do". Then he walked up too me and boy was I scared. I thought that he was about too kill me. But my father shocked me, not with his actions, but with his words and then shook his head then said. "Son if you think you are really man enough to act like a man, then its time for you to go. All I could say too myself," Is wow"! Now I have done it ! What am I going to do? I had no job, no house, no car, no money, no where to go and not a pot to piss in. I knew that I put my foot in my mouth and now that I think about it , All I Can Do Is Smile.
Boy, was I crazy and if I could go back in time I would slap, myself. Because life with my mother or father was so simple then. When I lived with my parents, I had no bills, no worries and the girls my mother ran them all away. (Smile) Because she wanted me to concentrate on school, to stay focused and knew that if I got involved with them at that age, that I wouldn't graduate. Now that I am an adult, all of the things they protected me from I have to handle now as a man. Yes, that man I bragged and said that I was. But now that I am older and wiser now, All I Can Do Is Smile.
Our parents as hard as they were, are blessings from God and if they help mold you into productive adults or citizens then you should grateful , then always thank God for them. Look at the state of the world today, where there are lots of parents who don't care. Our children today are angry, confused, lost and unprepared. So many of them are disrespectful , have no fear of their parents or the law and don't seem to care about anything. Why? Because they don't have the parents that we were blessed with and they don't fear God. When I see a disrespectful children, teenagers or even young adults, I just think back or wonder how my mother or father would have reacted or handled them. I know that if the children today were raised by parents or parents of yesterday or years past like yours or mine then the world would be a better place. I know that even today, children really need loving, hard, strong, stick and God fearing parents to raise a lost generation.When I think about this, at this time or moment , All I Could Do Is Smile.
Have a blessed night,
Isaiah 1:4Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupted: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel to anger, they are gone away backward.