There Are 2 Travis Agnew’s…

 

There are 2 Travis Agnew’s.  No, for real.  There are 2 of us.  I’m not doing some type of preacher illustration, there are two of us out there.

So, let me explain.  Years ago, when I decided to start blogging, I tried to get a domain name and realized that travisagnew.com was taken.  By whom, I wondered.  I went ahead with the .org and continued upon my trek through life’s uncharted waters.  Then I was talking with a college student one day who said he heard me speak somewhere.

He then tried to find me on the world wide web.  He said I had changed my appearance a lot.  He then asked me when I lived in Wisconsin.  I was perplexed.  I was pretty confident that my looks have not changed that much and that I had remained in South Carolina in recent years.  Curious, I began to do research and I was shocked at what I found.

Here’s what I discovered:

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Spoiled Rotten

13 For you are called to freedom, brothers; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in one statement: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out, or you will be consumed by one another.
(Galatians 5:13-15, HCSB)

Spoiled Rotten

As a parent, I have certain rules and stipulations by which I prefer my children to adhere. My wife and I have standards of bed time routines, dietary selections, and level of freedom bestowed upon our children. We want our children to have fun, but we have certain rules we prefer them to live by.

That is, until they go and spend time with their grandparents.

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Sooner or Later God’s Gonna…

7 Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap, 8 because the one who sows to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. 9 So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, we must work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith.
(Galatians 6:7-10, HCSB)

God Still Steps In

As a parent of young children, I’ve had to learn to pick my battles. When fussing begins to commence, I must make a decision: do I intervene or let them work this out themselves? Sometimes I jump into the middle of a disagreement the moment it begins. Sometimes I study my children to see how they handle conflict.

My involvement normally hinges on either the seriousness of the altercation or the consistency of the problem. If it’s a simple disagreement, I let them handle it, but if sin begins to creep in, I get involved. I’m their father, I can’t let them continually hurt themselves.

God is the same way. There are moments when God says, “Enough is enough, you will not do this any longer.” God is not mocked. He still interferes in the affairs of mankind today. Make no mistake, if God’s children continue to sow into the flesh, he will not be continually mocked – he gets involved.

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Nature vs. Nurture

 

1 Now I say that as long as the heir is a child, he differs in no way from a slave, though he is the owner of everything. 2 Instead, he is under guardians and stewards until the time set by his father. 3 In the same way we also, when we were children, were in slavery under the elemental forces of the world. 4 But when the completion of the time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “, Father!” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.

(Galatians 4:1-7, HCSB)

Nature vs. Nurture

One of the most widespread fears of adoption is that parents are unsure of what “they are getting themselves into” with a child of unknown history.  Even if parents believe in the power of nurture, they may still have concern concerning the effect that nature had on the child.  Did the biological parents pass bad traits down to that child?  Have they experienced something that may make them difficult to raise?

But does a parent of a child really know what they “are getting” even with a biological child?  There are surprises at every turn.  The only parent who really knows what he is getting into is God.

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