Cost of Living . . . .
When I was young, I thought the cost of living in my parents' home was too high. Looking back, I laugh at how ridiculous it was to complain. My parents never charged me a penny for living at home. The only "cost" was obedience. I simply had to obey rules like clean up after myself, be polite, tell the truth, and go to church. The rules weren't difficult, but I still had difficulty obeying them. My parents didn't kick me out for my disobedience, however. They kept reminding me that the rules were to protect me, not harm me, and sometimes they made the rules stricter to protect me from myself. Some people think the Bible has too many rules. I wish they could see that God's commands are for our good; they allow us to live in peace with each other. Obedience is simply the "cost" of being part of God's family on this globe He created and allows us to call home.