|Whenever your kids are out of control, you can take
comfort from the thought that even God's omnipotence did not extend to his kids. After
creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve. And the first thing he said to them
"Don't what?" Adam replied.
"Don't eat the forbidden fruit."
"Forbidden fruit? Really? Where is it?"
"It's over there," said God, wondering why he hadn't stopped after making the
elephants. A few minutes later God saw the kids having an apple break and he was angry.
"Didn't I tell you not to eat that fruit?" the first parent asked.
"Uh huh," Adam replied.
"Then why did you?"
"I dunno," Adam answered.
God's punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own. Thus the
pattern was set and it has never changed. But there is a reassurance in this story. If you
have persistently and lovingly tried to give them wisdom and they haven't taken it, don't
be hard on yourself. If God had trouble handling children, what makes you think it
would be a piece of cake for you?
by Bill Cosby