Griffith Family Cell Phone User Agreement

I have entrusted my two oldest children with cell phones. This was not without much contemplation about the dangers and excesses of cell phone use. In order to help them navigate those dangers, I created the Griffith Family Cell Phone User Agreement.

If Verizon require terms of use, why shouldn’t parents? So before my kids can enjoy the convenience of a cell phone they must make the following 15 commitments. God’s word is actually very clear on the subject. Each commitment includes an authoritative statement from the book of Proverbs. I realize you may agree or disagree. (Our terms are subject to change at any time.)

  • I recognize that being entrusted with a cell phone is a privilege granted by my parents primarily because they want to be able to communicate with me. Since they are the ones paying for the service, I will gratefully honor the Griffith Family Cell Phone User Agreement.

Proverbs 4:1  Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching.

  • I recognize that a cell phone is a powerful tool for building relationships with others. I will use it to build healthy relationships and guard myself from being drawn into relationships that are detrimental to me spiritually and socially.  I will be alert to the dangers of forming relationships that are private and/or exclusive.

Proverbs 13:20  Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

  • I will not allow my phone to draw my heart away from Christ or my family.

Proverbs 4:23  Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

  • I will use my phone in ways that are consistent with biblical, Christ-honoring behavior.

Proverbs 24:21  My son, fear the LORD and the king, and do not join with those who do otherwise.

  • I will not use my phone for flirting or building unhealthy relationships especially with members of the opposite sex as defined by my parents.

Proverbs 5:3-4  For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil, but in the end, she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.

  • I will not allow texting to divert my attention from other priorities (spiritual, family, academic, etc.)

Proverbs 26:6  Whoever sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.

  • I will not dishonor or ignore those I am present with by texting others. (i.e. meals, family time, etc.)

Proverbs 27:10  Do not forsake your friend and your father’s friend, and do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity. Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away.

Proverbs 25:16 If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.

  • I will not use my phone will after 10 pm.

Proverbs 27:12  The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.

  • I will not keep my phone in my room overnight. It will plug it in overnight in the family room.

Proverbs 25:28  A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.

  • I will not send or receive inappropriate pictures. (If received, I will immediately inform my parents who will delete them.)

Proverbs 6:25  Do not desire her beauty in your heart, and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes;

  • I will not text while driving.

Proverbs 4:25-27 Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.  Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.

  • I will gladly give my phone to my parents upon request.

Proverbs 20:11  Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.

  • If I lose my phone I will be responsible for the replacement cost.

Proverbs 19:19  A man of great wrath will pay the penalty, for if you deliver him, you will only have to do it again.

  • If I violate any of these terms I will immediately and humbly confess and seek the help of my parents.

Proverbs 28:13 Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.


About Trent Griffith

Trent Griffith serves as the Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Granger, Indiana and is an experienced conference speaker.

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The Last Rhymeless Poem

While digging through boxes in storage looking for Christmas lights I came across one of my most valued treasures. It is a poem I wrote in 1985 as a 17-year-old senior in High School.

I remember my creative writing teacher giving my class the assignment of writing an original poem. Her assignment was met with a question by one of my classmates…”Does it have to rhyme?” To which she replied, “No, you can write a rhymeless poem.”

That was enough of a creative spark to inspire me to write what I affectionately called THE LAST RHYMELESS POEM. The next week it was published in the school newspaper now to reemerge 27 years later for the world to see… (By the way, it works best if you imagine yourself rapping with an attitude, which I certainly had as a 17-year-old!)

You’d better hide, you’d better run
‘Cause I wrote this poem just for kicks.

Roses are red, violets are blue
This poem won’t rhyme no matter what I attempt.

My thoughts are down, the words are in place.
They are written very neatly not taking much room.

No matter what I write, no matter what I say
It just won’t rhyme, there’s just no method.

Try, try, try…and try, try, again
Whatever I try, I can’t seem to succeed.

Day and night I dream and think
Of words for this poem that do not smell.

The poems I write never seem to rhyme
Maybe in the future I’ll spend more hours.

Yes, rhymeless poems have been written before
But after this one there won’t be many others.

About Trent Griffith

Trent Griffith serves as the Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Granger, Indiana and is an experienced conference speaker.

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Why Don’t You Grow Up?

One of these days you’ll shout, “Why don’t you kids grow up and act your age?” And they will.

Or you’ll say, “Kids get outside and find something to do, and don’t slam the door!” And they won’t.

You’ll straighten the boy’s bedroom neat and tidy — bumper stickers discarded, bedspread tucked and smooth, toys displayed on the shelves, hangers in the closet with clothes attached, animals caged — and you’ll say out loud, “Now I want it to stay just like this!” And it will.

You’ll prepare a perfect dinner with a salad that hasn’t been picked to death and cake with no finger traces in the icing, and you’ll say, “Now there’s a meal fit for company!” And you will eat alone.

You’ll say, “I want complete privacy while I’m on the phone. No dancing. No pantomime. No demolition crews. Silence. Do you hear me?” And you will have it.

No more plastic placemats stained with spaghetti. No more spreads to protect sofas from damp bottoms and dusty shoes. No more gates to stumble over in the doorway of the baby’s room. No more Hot Wheels or baby dolls under the couch. No more playpens to arrange a room around.

No more anxious nights under vaporizer tents. No more cracker crumbs on the sheets. No more wall-to-wall water in the bathroom. No more iron-on patches. No wet, knotted shoelaces, pants with knees out, or rubber bands for ponytails.

Imagine a lipstick with a point on it, not having to get a babysitter for New Year’s Eve, washing clothes only once a week, seeing a steak that isn’t ground, shopping with only groceries in the basket. No more P.T.A. meetings. No more carpools. No blaring radios, or Blue Clues three times a day. No more washing hair at 9 o’clock at night. And no more wondering, “Where is the family car?” Imagine having your own roll of scotch tape!

Think about it. No more Christmas presents made out of construction paper and Elmer’s glue. No more sloppy oatmeal kisses. No more tooth fairy. No more giggles in the dark. No scraped knees to bandage. No responsibility! Only a voice crying, “Why don’t you grow up!” And the silence echoing, “I did!”

– Anonymous

About Trent Griffith

Trent Griffith serves as the Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Granger, Indiana and is an experienced conference speaker.

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