In speaking of how our lives are influenced by others, Dan B. Allender, author of “To Be Told” says this:
- I believe this may be easier to grasp if you’re an only child. Who can we blame? Unfortunately, we can all find someone else (anyone else) to blame, but I have noticed that those with siblings seem to have honed their “blame game” skills over the years. I wish I could say that I act like an “only” more often in this respect, however, many days you’ll find me acting more like this Baker.
- Be encouraged parents! We often made decisions for our boys growing up that were not popular with friends or family. Sometimes our decisions seemed too strict or confining for their taste, but Brian and I knew that we would be the ones to stand before God to give an account as to how we raised them. This one truth helped us to stick to our guns in what we believed was best for the boys, confident that God would bless our efforts, mistakes and all. And there were plenty of those!