...another excerpt (these are scaled down chapters - just to give you an idea) from my book -
"DALTON DISCOVERS THE TEN COMMANDMENTS"
“YOU SHALL NOT TAKE THE NAME OF THE LORD YOUR GOD IN VAIN"
As Dalton walked in the house from school he heard a big crash -
then he heard his mom’s voice loud and clear….she was angry. .
“Mom… hey mom, why are you mad at God??” Dalton yelled as he was going through the house looking for her.
“What do you mean mad at God?” she yelled back…
As he came into the kitchen he saw his mom cleaning up the glass… her favorite vase had crashed to the floor… “Well”, he said, “you were yelling God’s name like you were mad at him.”
“Today at school some boys were arguing real loud in the hallway and they said some things that were not very nice. When one of them used God’s name in the wrong way Homer told me there should always be love in our hearts when we use God’s name.”
As Dalton’s mom hugged him she said “you know Dalton I am sure glad you have such a special friend like Homer – let’s pray right now and I will ask God to forgive me for using His name in anger.
Respecting God is not an option. It should never be a "part time" thing. Gaining respect - and - respecting others - both come with strict guidelines. You falter once and it is a difficult road to travel back and gain that respect again. When we teach our children to not use unacceptable language there are most likely going to be consequences when they disobey. The consequences we experience when we confuse our children by disobeying can be a very bumpy road to travel. Keeping respect and love as a top priority in how we live our lives when we "think" no is there is a testament to our character.