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How Have You Changed From When You Were a Kid?

 

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As children, we all are developing our character, our habits, our likes and dislikes, etc. Most of us carry a great many of them into adulthood. But we also often “outgrow” some of the ways we were when we were young. Were you shy as a child, only to be outgoing as an adult? Or vice-versa? Were you the “life of the party” at family gatherings when you were young, only to become more reserved as an adult? Share your take on this Wednesday with Jerry and Debbie.

 


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Chores Around the House

A couple weeks ago Jerry and Debbie asked you for your take on giving your kids an allowance. Some of you tied it into your children completing their chores around the house. Others of you, no doubt, simply expect your kids to help with the upkeep and harmonious functioning of the household by doing their share of the work to make that happen. So many lessons can – and should – be learned by youngsters when they are required to participate in keeping the home in good order. How does that work in your house? Obviously, not every member of the family will have an equal responsibility when it comes to chores. That’s because the older kids will be asked to perform heavier duties. But that doesn’t mean that all of the kids shouldn’t help out. Join Jerry and Debbie for another lively conversation on Friday.

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Food On the Run

It’s a growing phenomenon – or problem – that we are taking more of our meals in a hurry. What was once celebrated as “family time” at meals has become mom eating this, dad grabbing that, kids hauling their food to practices and/or games. Jesus taught the value of turning meals into communion and fellowship. Yet, so many of us throw something together in the microwave and eat standing at the kitchen counter. And we have to-go containers labeled for each family member in the fridge. Is this your experience? How can we return to the time when one of the most significant periods of rest, refreshment and family unity was conducted around the dining room table?

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I’m Disabled, Not Dead!

For a long time there have been efforts to accommodate those with disabilities. There are special parking spaces, ramps leading into virtually every building, hotel rooms with extra space and more. At the same time our culture heads down a path of utilitarianism, in which those who are no longer able to make“meaningful contributions” are marginalized. If you are disabled in some way, what is your take on how you are treated? Do you feel respected as a beloved son or daughter of God? Or do you sense that you are a second-class citizen because you may have physical or other limitations? Share your take on this important topic with Jerry and Debbie on Wednesday.

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Have You Been Part of An Adoption?

One of the most beautiful things that can happen to someone is to be adopted by a loving family. It can also be one of the most conflicting realities that he or she has to deal with throughout life. It’s beautiful because of the fact that parents are more than willing to step in when it appears that giving a child up to adoption is the best thing for the baby and his or her future. It can be conflicting because the one who was adopted may never know the reasons why the mother decided she could not care for and raise the child. Adoption touches more lives than we might know. On Tuesday, call with your take about being part of an adoption – whether you were the one adopted, the mother giving up her child, the parents who took the little one into your home or the siblings who helped to welcome a new member of the family.

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“I Can Take It!”

In order to grow spiritually, we have to be open to giving and receiving feedback – even constructive criticism – to one another. Does this offend you? Do you welcome input from others? Are you grateful that others would take the time to help make you better, even if they are not as gifted or as talented as you? Does it make you nervous when you realize you must offer some corrective words to another? Share your take on Monday with Jerry and Debbie.

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“I Didn’t Study For This!”

Many people go to college to study something, but end up working in a completely different field. It’s actually quite common. If you fall into this category, call on Friday and share your take on how you are using the education you received to fulfill your present professional obligations. Maybe you’re deeply disappointed that you didn’t find work in your educational field. Perhaps you had no clue what you wanted to study when you went to college, only to discover your passion after you graduated. You may have entered the workforce in your chosen field only to realize that it wasn’t fulfilling after all. God leads us all in mysterious ways (He “writes straight with crooked lines,” as they say). What has been your experience? Talk to you on Friday!

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