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I remember when I was 7 years old, I got my first bicycle for Christmas.
It was cold outside. But Dad took me out to show me how to ride.

There was a gravel road in front of our house, and the hill was long.
Dad rode the bike with me running alongside, and him telling me what he was doing.

Then he pushed me along on the bike telling me what to do.
We went down that ole hill THREE times.
And Dad had only been home from a tuberculosis sanitarium for about a year!

Then, Dad said, "OK. I'm gonna give ya a shove, and you ride down
the hill and then pump back up the hill to me."

I was afraid of falling on the gravel, and let Dad know.
I'll never forget what he told me next.

"Son, part of life is when ya fall down;
and part of life is when ya GET UP!"

Off I went with his shove. And I rode all the way down the hill,
and even started back up. But then I lost my balance and fell.
The gravel scraped my knee and my hands.
But Dad was right there. And he was right, it didn't hurt so bad.
I could GET UP!

Eph 6:1-4
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)
3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

LIGHT from the WORD.

The first commandment that has a promise attached to it is the fifth commandment.

"Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the
land which the LORD thy God giveth thee."
(Exodus 20:12)

The commandment teaches children obedience to parents.
Without obedience to parents, children will be disobedient with ANY authority!
And being disobedient to some authorities can bring DEATH!

Fathers (and Mothers) are to first, teach their children PRINCIPALS,
and second to give them a PUSH.
First, teach them to have reverence for authority.
Without that, they will never respect God!

Sometimes this teaching requires disciplinary procedures.
Fathers are not to torture children, nor to treat them with such disrespect that
they turn rebellious against authority figures.
But they are to "..bring them up in the nurture and admonition of THE LORD."

Carl Lewis' father was a good Christian man and a fine coach.
He taught his son principals and gave him a push when it was needed.

In 1987, Bill Lewis died. Carl Lewis placed one of the gold medals
he had won in Bill Lewis' hand.
He said, "Don't worry Dad, I'll get ANOTHER."

In 1988 Carl Lewis faced off with Ben Johnson. Ben Johnson started off about
5 feet ahead, and stayed that way.
Carl Lewis LOST.
But he walked over, shook Ben's hand and congratulated him.

About 5 minutes later, there was an announcement that Ben Johnson had been
disqualified because he had been taking steroids.
Carl Lewis had WON because he lived by the Christian prinicipals his Dad had taught him.

That very night, Carl Lewis gave his testimony in the largest Baptist church
in the world in Seoul, Korea. His testimony was that his earthly father had taught him
to always trust in his Heavenly Father.

Ain't God GOOD?

In this life, we all fall down; but our Heavenly Father is always there to pick us up, teach us principles and give us a push.

Love ya!
Bro. Bruce