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Friday, October 8, 2010

Discipline or Death

"Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die. Punish him with the rod and save his soul from death." Proverbs 23:13-14.

In America today, these verses would not be well-accepted. I can see it now, CPS at my door for posting this verse on my blog! However, it's a good thing for me that I do not answer to American culture. Instead, I answer to God.

He has given me these precious (sometimes) children to nurture, love, and raise for His glory. And, He has given me instructions on how to do so. If He tells me not to withhold discipline, then I should probably obey! When I read this verse a couple of days ago, I felt my face turn red. Why? Well, I was ashamed of myself. I'd been having a rough couple of weeks with my kids misbehaving and I realized that it was because I was being slow to discipline. As a mom, I never get a break and sometimes it's just easier to be inconsistent or to bribe them out of making a scene. Reading this was like a slap in the face! By being lazy, I was contributing to their bad behavior and making life worse for myself. If I want to incline their souls toward Jesus, I must teach them obedience, selflessness, and self-control now. If that means bringing out the spanking spoon a little quicker and more often, then so be it. I've got to stop being so lazy because the alternative to disciplining them is to incline "their souls to death." How scary is that?

Anyways, I just thought I'd share...deep thoughts from the Confession Mama!


Brianna said...

Thanks for sharing. I feel like all I do is discipline ALL day long but it's for a good reason. Good reminder!

Chuck said...

So true. I love seeing parents (and you and Ricky are two of them), who love their children enough to set boundaries.

Janna said...

I feel like I wrote this! Thanks for the encouragement.. these kids WILL grow up understanding what is right and what is wrong, even if it kills us! Keep up the good work!