Friday, 20 August 2010

Kids Say the Funniest Things

A co-worker sent out an e-mail that just brought a smile to my face. It has been said that what makes something humorous is that embedded in the humor is an element of truth. See what you think about the following quotes:

When asked “how do you decide whom to marry?”, Kristen responded “No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all way before and you get to find out later who you are stuck with.” Age 10

When asked “what do you think your mom and dad have in common?” Lori, age 8 said, “Both don’t want any more kids.”

“What do most people do on a date?” is a question directed at Lynnette, age 8, who astutely answered, “Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.”

When asked “Is it better to be single or married?” Anita, age 9, offered, “It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.”

Howard, age 8, responded to the question “When is it okay to kiss?” by saying, “The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It’s the right thing to do.”

At least there will be no shotgun wedding for Howard. As a parent it makes you hope your child’s teacher never asks her students these questions. What is even scarier is how insightful most of these responses are.

The fact is that children are great observers of life. One of the best gifts a husband and wife can give their children is to model a God honoring marriage. What would such a marriage look like?
• The wife would feel loved and the husband respected
• Christ would be at the center of the marriage
• There would be much laughter and displays of affection
• Conflict would be resolved in a way that would honor God and honor the individuals
• Expectations would be traded in for desires
• Love would be a verb
• Each spouse would put the other first
• Transparency would rule and meaningful conversations would be frequent
• Divorce would never be considered an option and never mentioned
• When disagreements occur the couple would attack the problem and not each other
• Neither the husband nor wife should entertain a relationship with another person who in any way filled a void that only their spouse should fill.
• The couple devotes much time each year to the evaluation and strengthening of their marriage. They read books, attend classes and conferences, and hang out with other couples who adore one another.

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