Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | June 15, 2015

Smart things my parents did – Honoring the Great Authority

Today’s post is part of the “Smart Things My Parents Did” blog series and is written by guest writer Amy Jo Lauber. There is more information on Amy at the end of this post. Thank you, Amy, for sharing this parenting gift with us! 

My parents were smart. I believed it then and I still believe it now.

They were smart because they held authority in the home, they loved God, and showed love for us and others in as many ways they could.

  • They didn’t pander to what I or my five sisters wanted.
  • They made decisions as a team and as authority figures.
  • If we couldn’t afford it we didn’t get it.
  • If we didn’t like what Mom made for dinner we didn’t eat it.
  • If we wanted to go somewhere, our chores had to be done and we had to be respectful of other family member’s schedules and needs.
  • Time and money was spent to sustain and enjoy family and friends and to share with God.
  • It’s being able to come under authority which allows us to grow into authority ourselves.

My parent’s faith provided a stability, a surety in our home life. While my Father accepted what he was taught at church at face value, my Mom questioned everything…but always respectfully. Their faith allowed them to act in authority for us, knowing they walked with the Authority that created and rules over the universe.

I know many people who don’t believe in God and they’re fine, they have good and bad times just like those of us who are believers. But they don’t have that stability in their lives. I think it’s because they lack a relationship with the great Authority – the Almighty. Everything in their lives (they believe) is of their own making, which is a lot to take on and, as a result, it permits their egos to become dysfunctional which can cause depression and anxiety, or at the very least mental exhaustion.

Alternatively they may believe that everything is by chance, coincidence or fate. But this lessons their power, it doesn’t promote it.

Either they’re in control (but not really) or no one/nothing is in control; either way it results in fear and instability.

My parents were smart.

Amy Jo Lauber is a wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, follower of Jesus and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM professional. She admittedly suffers from “chronic curiosity” and studies faith, philosophy, psychology, and nutrition, enjoys all forms of creativity, and obsessively collects sea shells, rocks, beach glass, cameos and good quotes. You can find her work website at, and her blog called the The Reluctant Evangelist at



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