Talk about serious! The sixth of the 10 commandments is definitely that! Whether for adults, kids or grand children – it's definitely on the heavy side! Do not murder! Of course, it's so easy to say, "I would NEVER murder anyone!" But Jesus explained that:
"You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.' But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment."
or as the Message puts it, quite simply and quite bluntly:
"I'm telling you that anyone who is so much as angry with a brother or sister is guilty of murder."
Even then, it's easy to think, "I'd still not do that." But for those of us working hard to keep up with caring for elderly parents, raising our kids or babysitting our grandchildren, and all the other Sandwich Generation issues, sleep can often be in short commodity and tempers can easily flare. It's so vital for us to keep "short accounts" as some dear friends recently reminded me. Otherwise, anger takes over along with a "root of bitterness."
What's the solution? Surrendering our ALL to God, staying in His Word, practicing spiritual breathing (confessing our sins the minute we realize them and praising God for His forgiveness that we received on the cross), and apologizing to any we may have hurt.
From the Inside Out is a lovely song by Hillsong on their praise and worship music album, Mighty to Save. Some of the lyrics remind us to tell God – daily – "My heart, my soul, Lord I give you control" and "Your will above all else, my purpose remains." Enjoy another one of my Smilebox eCards with this song. Just click on the arrow. 🙂
It's not easy, but it's so worth doing. And what a blessed example we are setting for those around us – leaving a spiritual legacy of a surrendered life to God. We may not be able to leave much in the way of worldly goods to our family when we die, especially with this economy. But what spiritual treasures we can share with them when we stay focused in His Word, in prayer, in Him. And that's especially important for all of us in the Sandwich Generation as we minister to those who raised us, while striving to set a Godly example for those wee ones we are caring for.