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Tell Your Children You Love Them

The subconscious mind is a strange thing. The night before my dad’s birthday I had a dream about him. He died many years ago at the age of 75.  

In the dream I was crying and mother asked me why. I said, “Because dad never told me he loved me.” Then suddenly he was present, put out his hand to shake mine like he always did, and said, “We need to talk.” I had a strong grip in my handshake, but I noticed his was limp with no grip at all in it. After that I kept looking for him in my dream but could never find him again. Then the dream ended.

I don’t put much stock in dreams like that, but if there is a message it is this: Fathers, tell your children you love them before it is too late because we never know how soon it will be too late.

By the way, my dad did tell me he loved me the day before he died, but I was 44 years old by then and it didn’t seem to matter as much by that time. Still, I cried then also.

Tell your children you love them because they’ll remember that you did or didn't even as old men and women...and even if it’s in their subconscious mind in the middle of the night.

 

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Today's Devotional

Watch Your Influence

A guest star on a TV show once said, “Two things I’ve had in life, and both ample—good advice and bad example.” This has been the experience of most people.

Most of us are careless or just too thoughtless about our influence. Every person’s life is a profession of faith. Every person’s conduct is an unspoken sermon that he is forever preaching to others. Someone said years ago, “Every man is some boy’s ideal.” Oftentimes our influence is unconscious, but it is real nonetheless.

God holds us accountable for our influence. Jesus said that it would be better for us to have a millstone hung about our neck and our body cast into the sea than that we should cause someone else to stumble and sin. This makes our influence mighty important.

I have often thought of the old story of the blind man who always carried a lighted lantern. Someone asked him why he did this. He replied, “To keep other people from stumbling over me.” It wasn’t a bad idea. Now he wouldn’t stumble over anyone else, or at least if he did it would not be intentional. But he didn’t want anyone to stumble over him, so he carried a lighted lamp.

We need to see to it that, under God, nobody stumbles because of our lives.

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