(Originally posted March 24, 2010)
In the last two weeks alone I have encountered enough filth, red tape, and politic interference to question if I have steered my children’s education in the right direction. Oh, don’t misunderstand, God is first, but has He been primary? Has His Word been the cornerstone of our days? I know some of you might be asking, what have you encountered? Well…
A month ago my insurance company sent a representative out to review my property to “ensure my home owners coverage was still adequate”. What they neglected to inform me of was the numerous photographs of every room, including closets, of my home. Humm, I’m not liking this so far? Benefit of the doubt, they want to see construction materials (hum, why didn’t they get that seven years ago when we bought the house and got the policy), but detailed, wide-screen shots of everything? Can you say red, flashing lights and loud, obnoxious buzzers we going off simultaneously?!
Join me now, two weeks ago, when the insurance company calls and “politely” demands that we replace a retaining wall that has been standing for God knows how long (our house is 140 years old). To say that I was annoyed, frustrated, and ok, I’ll admit it, angry is an understatement. Yes, the wall has cracks, and yes the wall leans a little, but I can assure you, it doesn’t wobble! When I expressed my concern about how they obtained their information, and their lack of disclosure as to the ‘whole’ process, I was treated like a little kid in a candy store, ‘now Joey, don’t touch that’ (said with dripping, condescending superiority). Time to make another phone call – to the state insurance regulator – can my insurance company do this?!?
Well, guess what, as of three years ago, yes they can! Any insurance company can contact any of their policyholders to do a ‘property inspection’, OH, and guess what, they can take as many pictures as they want of the interior and exterior of your house! They don’t need your consent. Well, you can tell them no, and they do have to honor that ‘no’; however, because you say ‘no’ they can drop your policy without explanation. Guess what? It’s no longer prudent to be a responsible homeowner who doesn’t file a claim every time the wind blows and a tree moves!
Now, I’m not saying that the wall shouldn’t be replaced (I’ve wanted to for years, but it’s a money thing); however, repairing my storm windows is a much larger priority for me (as in it will help improve the money thing, then I can replace the wall)!! It’s the fact that someone else has dictated to me what my priorities are now. Hum, I don’t recall asking anyone to tell what my priorities should be.
So, when the lady at the insurance regulator’s office informed me that the insurance company can do this, that it’s to protect me (HA!! more like to protect them….and the millions of dollars they make each year), I just asked her, “so, what you are telling me is that you have legalized the insurance companies right to violate my constitutional right to privacy?” You know, hearing someone who is again, talking to you in that condescending, superiority voice, tell you, no, they aren’t violating your privacy at all….well, suffice to say those darn bells and whistles went screaming off again.
But wait, that was just the first thing to happen in the last two weeks. Next we move to the Girl Scouts of America and this highly questionable, okay, down right inappropriate brochure that was brought to my attention. Read the following article, http://www.lifenews.com/int1482.html. I will warn you however, it is vulgar, disgusting, and seriously inappropriate reading material for young girls, let alone most God-fearing adults. Once again, I found myself thanking God that I do not have a daughter.
So, back to what I wrote in the beginning of this musing…am I put enough focus on God in my children’s education? Do I bring enough of His Word into our daily discussions, and just our daily conversations? Do I spend enough time with them just talking about what God’s Word commands? Deuteronomy 4:9-10, “ Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren, especially concerning the day you stood before the LORD your God in Horeb, when the LORD said to me, ‘Gather the people to Me, and I will let them hear My words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.’” And Deuteronomy 6:7-9, “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
I’m feeling a bit convicted that I am not doing enough for my children where the Word of my Lord is concerned….time to go adjust some lesson plans.