Practice What You Preach, Because What Goes Around Comes Around

The Kings James Bible may be 400 years old, but the things we say to our kids and one another hasn’t changed much. Many popular sayings originated from the KJV. So just for fun, I thought I’d walk you through my life, King James Version style. See how many of these phrases you recognize.
My parents were a wonderful source of Bible idioms. Often when I’d ask for money they’d respond, “You can’t get blood out of a turnip” (Genesis 4:2-5).  Yeah, but what did that have to do with my going to the movies?
I guess I had my head in the clouds (Job 20:6), and also was prone to shoot off my mouth (Psalm 64:3-4), at least from my parents’ point of view. They certainly told me often enough that I was asking for it (Proverbs 18:6), and they didn’t mean money. After all, everyone knew if you gave me enough rope, I’d hang myself (Psalm 141:10) and they were right. A little freedom can be dangerous, in fact my parents thought I’d gone to the dogs (I Kings 21:19-23) in my efforts to show them a thing or two (I Samuel 14:12).
After I moved out on my own, I realized some truths for myself. Paying the bills meant burning the midnight oil (Mathew 25:1-10) by working two and sometimes three jobs. And although I admit some of my plans were half-baked (Hosea 7:8), and at times I did go hog wildfor crying out loud (Mathew 27:46). (Mark 5:13), I did the best I could
I finally grew up, got married, and had two kids of my own. I often complained they wouldn’t lift a finger to help (Luke 11:46) around the house and that my husband and I couldn’t see eye to eye (Isaiah 52:8). His discipline was based on spare the rod, spoil the child (Proverbs 13:24) while I thought it better to teach them a lesson (Judges 8:16) another way.
I’ve never been great at relationships, so it was no surprise when my marriage bit the dust (Ps 72:9). Although I was laughing on the outside, I was crying on the inside (Proverbs 14:13), and added to my losses were a few fair-weather friends (Proverbs 17:17).
As a single parent, I learned it’s a jungle out there (Proverbs 22:13), but raising my children was a labor of love (I Thess. 3:10).  We ate so much macaroni and cheese it was coming out our ears (Numbers 11:20) and plenty of teachable moments (Deut 6:4-9), most of them mine. Like the time my son, Timothy, got in the car from daycare covered in dirt. I asked, “How could you get so dirty?” He replied, “Mama, it’s what kids do.” Great wisdom comes from out of the mouths of babes (Ps. 8:2).
At Christmas we learned it’s more blessed to give than receive (Acts 20:35), but that didn’t keep Timothy and Lauren from making their lists too. Thankfully, just the reminder of Santa’s naughty or nice (Prov. 15:3) record kept the kids in line. I needed all the help I could get. After all, surviving on one income had me tearing my hair out (Ezra 9:3) over the cost of toys and God forbid (Romans 3:4) I should run up a large credit card bill I’d have to repay.
How quickly the years past, and in a twinkling of an eye (I Corn. 15:52) the children were gone.  Little did I know I’d be out of sight, out of mind (Ps. 31:12). Stung a little, you know? Even when the writing is on the wall (Dan. 5:5) we’re never prepared for the apples of our eye (Due. 32:10) to leap out of the tree.
I had to learn to get a life (I John 5:11-13) when their leaving had turned my world upside down (Acts 17:6). No longer defined as someone’s wife or mother, I felt like a stranger in a strange land (Exodus 2:21-22). I had put all my eggs in one basket (Eccl 11:2) and the transition to living alone has been a rude awakening (Prov. 27:14).
I’m doing so much better now, after all it’s too late to close the barn door (Eccl. 10:11). No man is an island (Rom 14:7) and I’ve found life’s easier when I connect often with my friends.  I admit dating has been a fly in the ointment (Eccl. 10:1) and it’s definitely survival of the fittest (Eccl. 9:11) at this age.
The best part of being alone is I have a dream (Jeremiah 23:25) of creating word pictures (Prov. 25:11), and now I have the time to do it. I guess there is a time and season for everything (Eccl. 3:1), and my time is now!
If you’re still in the midst of raising your children, cheer up (Deut. 24:5), your day is coming (Psalm 37:13).  You may feel as if you’re at your wit’s end (Psalm 107:27), but I suggest you practice what you preach (Mathew 23:3), because we know what goes around comes around (Deut. 32:35).
  1. Cookie Atkerson, 13 May, 2011

    This was so good and you should be very proud of how far you’ve come! You’re a strong woman and a Godly woman and you’ve never let the “harshness” of life keep you down!

  2. jorae, 13 May, 2011

    Thank you, Cookie! You are a sweetheart and I appreciate your kind comments!

  3. Elizabeth Welsh, 14 May, 2011

    Well put, JoRae. You’re a real trooper!

  4. jorae, 14 May, 2011

    Thanks, Liz!


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