Daily Dose, May 9 — Roots & Wings


The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of humans and the seed of animals. And just as I have watched over them to pluck up and break down, to overthrow, destroy, and bring evil, so I will watch over them to build and to plant, says the LORD. In those days they shall no longer say:

“The parents have eaten sour grapes,
and the children’s teeth are set on edge.”

But all shall die for their own sins; the teeth of everyone who eats sour grapes shall be set on edge. (Jeremiah 31:27-30)

I love my mom, Katie, and my dad, Sam. They are dear to my heart, and I think about them with gladness most every day. But they were not perfect parents by a long shot. Nobody ever has had or will have perfect parents. So do yourself a favor and don’t beat yourself up, because you did not score an A in the course called parenting.

Make sure your kids get a solid education, take them to the doctor when they are sick and to church every Sunday, so they gain a healthy soul through the experience of Christ’s love. Spend time with them and laugh with them and stay forever connected. But at some point, they become completely responsible for their own outcome. The consequences in life will always be the best teacher.

Jeremiah was a prophet who insisted that everybody paddle their own canoe with care. He grew weary of hearing one generation blame the previous generation for all their problems. Victim mentality leads nowhere. God’s word and God’s power is available to each person and to every generation. Good choices lead to good places. — Y’all come, Dr. Don