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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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May 4, 2010 - Sound Investing

By Geff Mastro

Our girls love chocolate! All of them routinely call me at work (using their sweetest little girl voices, mind you) to tell me of the sufferings and ills at home and their need for chocolate as the ultimate remedy. They try to convince me of its medicinal properties as well as its power to promote psychological and emotional health. If that’s the case, why don’t insurance companies reimburse it?

All you softie fathers of multiple young women — dads who used to be tough as nails but have now been turned to mush — you know exactly what we do. We complain on the phone, leave work, go to the bank, put off buying a new pair of shoes for yet another month, and promptly head to the store to purchase whatever satisfies the cravings of our lovely little ladies ... and their mother.

Now, if you’re like me, you get lots of hugs and cheers when you arrive home. You then go upstairs to change, and by the time you come down again the previously purchased items are gone.

Galatians 6:9 tells us that we should not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. And we should take every opportunity to do so, especially to those in our “family of believers” (6:10). I have come to believe that when they call and use that strategic voice and sad face, our children are not just asking for chocolate or whatever. They’re also asking, “Do you love me?” “Am I more important to you than the plans that you have made?” “Can I count on you?” “Is our relationship as important to you as it is to me?”

I’ve found that if we as fathers can invest in our children despite our weariness, we can help them to grow and develop into mature and godly adults. I wonder sometimes if God sits in heaven and says, “If I just keep investing in and loving them and don’t give up, they’ll grow and mature into the godly children I want them to be.”

— Geff Mastro lives in a Burlington County, N.J., and is a licensed counselor and school psychologist. He attends Fountain of Life Center (AG) in Florence, N.J.



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