This morning I had to do what every parent inevitably would prefer never to do, but always must at some point or another: discipline my child. It wasn’t anything big, just a small word to let him know that what he was doing was wrong. I thought it was actually quite gentle actually. He was trying to take a book from the other little boy we watch. With both boys grasping onto the book, I simply just slid my boys’ hand off and said we don’t take things from other people.
Then there was that inevitable long pause of a whimpering puppy dog looking face- that look that seems to last minutes but is only a couple of seconds. Without missing a beat, he flailed to the floor as if the world was ending and everything was falling apart and began to cry and pout. Being the good parent I am, I ignored his little fit, which was happening at my feet. I looked down at him and he continued to cry. He then stopped, saw that I was looking at him, then continued to cry some more. I told him gently again, we don’t take things away from other people.
The fit lasted only a couple minutes at best. He pouted, cried, threw a fit, and then moved on. I could’ve given in and let him keep the book but that would just teach him what he did was ok, not to mention that it was also teach him that he’ll get his way if he throws a temper tantrum. It was a simple discipline that lasted only a few fleeting moments, but in those moments, he was able to learn his mistake and move on. Did he really learn it’s not ok to take something away? Probably not. I’m sure in a couple hours he’ll try to take something he shouldn’t have or take something away from someone, and I’ll remind him again it’s not ok.
Isn’t our walk with God sometimes the same? God disciplines us and we get upset, we may pout over it or throw a fit. We may even disobey Him altogether. We may lay at His feet, hoping by throwing a tantrum He will eventually change His mind. But, the bible tells us that His ways are steadfast and He does not change. If He doesn’t change, then neither does His way.
Hebrews 12:5-6 tells us “do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the ones He loves, and he chastens everyone He accepts as His son.” If I didn’t love my kid, I wouldn’t discipline him. I wouldn’t care if he knew right from wrong or learned how to behave appropriately in the eyes of the Lord. In turn, I wouldn’t discipline him either.
Truth be told, if God isn’t disciplining you, you should probably be worried about why not. He disciplines those he loves, and my friend, he loves you. So when He gives you a gentle reminder that your way isn’t the best way to be doing something and His is, don’t pout or throw a fit and hope He’ll change His mind. Accept His discipline, know you’re loved, learn from your mistake, and move on. Within a few short moment, my boy was back to jumping around and playing, finding another toy to play with and something else to focus his energy on. You should too.
Be blessed. Be a blessing.
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