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#61 of 62 Old 09-22-2002, 12:35 PM
 
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Steph, That depends on how you were raised and if you've gotten to the maturity level of doing the right thing because it's the right thing, rather than because you'll be punished by the big guy looking over your shoulder.

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I fear God because I know he will do what is needed for me.  Maybe I need to spend a little time living in a cardboard box in a cold alley to really learn what I need to learn about life.  Hopefully I don't need that harsh of a lesson.  I don't know exactly what I need.  God does.  I just fear a little He will teach the lessons I need to learn in whatever way He needs to.  My wife left me with my boys when they were 7 and 9.  I assumed she would want them when she told me we were getting a divorce.  I paid $3000 to a lawyer to keep them.  Could have got them for the $50 Washington state divorce form fee.  She didn't want them.

They are adults now.  I did ok by myself.  But only ok.  There was a lot of areas I could have done better in.  I was not strong enough to give them what they needed.  I didn't want them to fear me.  I wanted them to love me.  According to them a little fear would have been a good thing.  They love me and feel free to share that.  They also feel free to share that I should have been strong enough to instill a little fear in them too.

 

I am glad I worship a God that I can fear and love.  An acquaintance of mine whenever I ask how hes doing says, The good lord is still keeping me around.  I have adopted his response with slight modifications.  I say The good Lord is still kicking me around.  I thank God I have a God who loves me enough to kick me around a little when I need it.

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