It’s another Lighten Up MONDAY! There are two clips in today’s post. The first clip was filmed in about 1990 in front of 11,000 people and the second was filmed about 21 years later and became part of a motion picture titled Fully Alive.
They are both on the same subject but end up going in different directions. I thought you might like to see how the emphasis of a story grows and changes over the years.
A Parenting Principle that Works in Every Relationship You May Have
Nothing harms relationships more than trying to perpetuate the perception of perfection.
That is my quote. It demonstrates why it’s so healthy— and necessary— for us to maintain a sense of humor about ourselves, and even to laugh at ourselves now and then.
This “perfection” principle is proven in every facet of life. Yet parenthood provides some of the most compelling evidence of it’s truth.
Parents who pretend to be perfect detonate explosions that can alienate, sabotage communication, and inflict casualties of conflict and guilt not only in their children but in themselves.
In the early days of my ministry I conducted seminars on parent-teen relationships across the country. As a part of the seminars we surveyed several hundred teenagers. One of the questions in the survey was this: “What words do you most want to hear from your parents?” Of course, “I love you” was the overwhelming first choice. It was their second choice that caught me by surprise!