hebrews-12-11As a parent, I recall saying, “This is the last time I’m going to tell you,” over and over again. Those threats don’t hold much water after a while. Children soon realize how long a rule will hold true and quickly learn to tug on it and test the limits. Discipline isn’t always pleasant, but if we’re weak in our parenting, we’re failing our kids.
God gives us the honor of being parents. We owe it to Him to take our job seriously. Using His steadfast love and constant molding should be a good example for us to follow.
Discipline might require some consequences, but we should always remember that God doesn’t want us to exasperate or frustrate our children. We should use every opportunity to make our discipline a learning experience.
Somewhere along the line, parenting evolved into bringing up children who felt good about themselves; who thought that everything was OK; who were rewarded for coming in last; who were , taught that it was all about them. Parents were encouraged to become their child’s buddy rather than a disciplinarian. Unfortunately, it didn’t work.
There are days when you want to throw up your arms. When they want to wear plaid pants with a polka dot top or take a live frog to show and tell – or when they do the opposite of what you ask them to do – they may be swayed by their peers rather than follow your advice. They will defy you, laugh at you, blow you off and sometimes cause you disappointment.
Because God has entrusted them to us, it’s our responsibility to love them and discipline them just as our heavenly Father does for His sons and daughters. By doing so, the children of today will become the good parents of tomorrow.


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5 replies

  1. This is very timely. I’ve read the whole Hebrew chapter and this hits so much of home.

    Thank you for this reminder.

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  2. Thank you for linking to my post. I appreciate your encouragement.



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