|To those of us who have children in our
lives, whether they are our own, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, or
students....here is something to make you chuckle. Whenever your
children are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that
even God's omnipotence did not extend to His own children.
After creating heaven and earth, God
created Adam and Eve. And the first thing he said was,
"Don't what?" Adam replied.
"Don't eat the forbidden fruit." God said.
"Forbidden fruit? We have forbidden fruit?
Hey, Eve .. . we have forbidden fruit!"
"Do NOT eat the fruit!" said God.
"Because I am your Father and I said so!" God replied,
(wondering why He hadn't stopped creation after making the elephants).
A few minutes later, God saw His children having an apple break and was
"Didn't I tell you not to eat the fruit?" God, as our first
"Uh huh," Adam replied.
"Then why did you?" said the Father.
"I don't know," said Eve.
"She started it!" Adam said,
Having had it with the two of them, God's
punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own.
Thus, the pattern was set and it has never changed! But there is
reassurance in this story. If you have persistently and lovingly tried
to give children wisdom and they haven't taken it, don't be hard on
yourself. If God had trouble raising children, what makes you think it
would be a piece of cake for you?
Advice for the day: If you have a lot of
tension and you get a headache, do what it says on the aspirin bottle:
"Take two aspirin" and "Keep away from children."