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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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June 24, 2011 - Childhood Aspirations

By Geff Mastro

Our oldest daughter, “Mia” (Maria), has always been fascinated by law, police work and spy matters. She told us recently that she aspires to be a forensic scientist of some sort who helps people by solving crimes. This is a bit of a change from her original aspiration. When she was younger she told us she wanted to be a spy. She even started a spy club with her friends. A little while later, she came back and told us she didn’t want to be a spy anymore because she found out that they can be killed. Sensible kid.

For a long time we also thought she was going to help people by being a lawyer. This is because when we moved into our new house I found a copy of “Black’s Law Dictionary” the previous owner had left behind. Mia used to carry that book (that seemed bigger than she was) everywhere she went. She told us she had to “study” it. Not bad, considering she could barely read! She hasn’t become a lawyer yet, but did that book certainly did teach her how to use sophisticated language to lay out her case when she felt we were treating her unjustly!

As parents we’re charged with training up our children up in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6). However, in doing so I think we have to help them to explore who and what God is making them out to be. Simply instilling my desires in our children may do more to exasperate them than encourage them, and could cause them to lose heart in something the Lord has truly given them a passion to do (Colossians 3:21). Naturally, we all want to save our children the heartache we have been through. But in doing so, we need to be careful that our good intentions don’t embitter them rather than bless them.

— 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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