8. A Taste Of Things To Come

Aug 08, 2015

8. A Taste Of Things To Come


Jesting: A jest has been described as a fishhook (and line) set in hard candy.  At first it’s almost funny but after a while its humor melts and the hook begins to tug.  Did a jest like my “fish slice” ever cause you deep personal concern?

Without approval: Did you “move out” without parental approval… Do you face the same situation as a parent, with your child? How did you (or might) you handle it now?

A vow: There are very few opportunities to make a vow before God in a religious ceremony. Do you think it might actually make a difference from other “legal” promises?


  1. Jean Says: 3:28 am

    Jesting: Hold each other accountable. My husband and I vow at the beginning of the month to only speak kind words to each other for 30 (31, 28/9) days. It works.

  2. Lynn Severance Says: 1:30 am

    Jesting: I don’t have memories of “jesting” or a negative outcome evolving from it.

    Without Approval: When I left the family of my growing up years, it was with approval in that I was leaving to attend college. My twin brother and I “left home” at the same time. We came, as noted in another posting, to attend the University of Washington, in Seattle, which was the place of our birth and where maternal relatives (at that time) lived. I have no children so did not experience the transition time of them leaving home so I can “ideally” hope had I ever have had that privilege, it would have been a smooth transition for all.

    Vows: A “vow” is usually associated with marriage as in “taking wedding vows” which are a solemn promise to live up to all that is promised “until death do us part”. Many do take such vows as ones they want to be solemnized and witnessed by a pastor, rabbi, or one with spiritual authority so the vow is both legal in the eyes of the world but seen as spiritually accountability before God. I definitely believe – that for those who are Christian – that the want the spiritual solemnizing. Be it witnessed by many or only a few, it is as a sacrament: an outward sign of what is happening internally both mentally in choosing to be one with another and spiritually, acknowledging God as the core or center of the relationship. As bluefish62 noted – this may not be a guarantee of “happy ever after” or “until death do us part”. Perhaps I am naive but I do believe that those who enter a marriage come to it with hopes that it will last “until death do us part”.

    I know that were I ever to marry, Christ would have to be our center of accountability and counsel in walking out a life together, with Him. Stating those vows with others as a witness is one way of sharing our happiness in a marriage beginnings and letting others know that we hold such vows as sacred – even needing their support along the way.

    But a vow can be between me and God – a vow that I make to Him to follow His guidance. As a Christian, my salvation beginnings are a “vow” of accepting Him as Lord and Savior. It is the deepest vow and all other vows need to be built on that foundation. . .a solid Rock of a foundation that cannot be moved!

  3. Bluefish62 Says: 11:18 am

    You’re welcome! I’m a bit behind, but will eventually catch up! You are an answer as well, in more ways than one. 🙂 We will talk soon!

    In regards to further input on question 3.
    Yes, absolutely I believe there is a difference between vows and/or oaths made before God and those which are not. Not so much in the effectiveness of the religious scenario though. At times, in the end, the outcome makes no difference one way or the other. i.e. divorce rates if you look at marriages, etc. between believers and nonbelievers. My thought is when people get married, or baptize their child, or take oaths of any kind, most of the time they are doing this to make a statement to the their own group of friends and family and even society. Just going with the flow. Once again, this might hold true with nonbelievers and believers alike.

    The concern might be more with the public show than with any true vow before God. This isn’t a completely BAD thing by any stretch and helps with peer and community accountability. The problem with this scenario? Few human beings will hold them accountable in the end; when the vow or oath is broken. They’ll be too busy fixing their own messed up vows! Ha…and it’s a tangled web we weave when a web it is we are weaving,,,(or however that silly rhyme goes)……All the cleanup will be handled by God. As it should be.

  4. Graham Kerr Says: 9:15 am

    Darie, You are an answer to prayer…thanks so much for the example you are setting for others to hopefully follow!

    My question is on making vows of any kind to anyone and to compare it to one made deliberately before God. Is there a real difference in how one tries to honor the declaration?

  5. Bluefish62 Says: 9:10 am

    1. The one that comes right to mind is a nickname my brother’s gave me when in high school; Bertha Butt. Now, if you have never heard of this phrase then you probably weren’t here to watch a show called “Fat Albert” back in the 70’s. Anyway, I’m sure the name says it all! However I must point out that I wasn’t EVEN FAT back then. I mean, I wish I was as FAT now as then, ya know!! I’ve never had a good body image and even though that was a joke, it stuck with me,,,,,well pretty much forever!
    2. No, they were glad I left I think! (just kidding) 🙂
    3. Yes, well marriage was instituted between God and man. So that pretty well sums that one up. I’m unclear on the second part of the question though? Could you clarify? Thanks so much Graham!

  6. Jean Sozio Says: 12:19 am

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Yes

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