Those who I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Here I am!
Chase brought home an award from school the other day. His artwork was being displayed at the local branch of the library and it was quite an honor. There were only two or three third grade pictures picked, and his was one of them. After dinner, that evening, we decided to run up to the library to see his picture. He had really done a nice job with it, both Bobby and I were quite impressed.
The library is only 4 streets up from our house, not far at all, but on the way home the boys were really fussing with each other. They do this quite frequently. They can play for hours at a time in their bedroom, building legos, but put them in the back seat of a vehicle and in about 15 seconds, one is annoying the other.
I decided that it was time to teach them a lesson, so when we got to the end of our street, I asked Bobby to stop the truck, and then proceeded to tell the boys that they needed to get out, they were walking the rest of the way home. I thought that half mile walk would give them time to think about their actions.
But when I told them they had to walk the rest of the way home, Carson’s response was, “But what if someone steals us?” Hey, at least he’s aware of what goes on in the world, but I assured him we would not leave him, we’d be right there beside him the entire way home, and we were. Creeping along at about 5 miles per hour, shining our lights ahead of them so they could see and not be afraid. And you know what? They were in good spirits when they got home. They weren’t upset or fighting, just came in and went about their business, getting showers and preparing for bed.
As we were driving along I started thinking about how we would never leave the boys out there alone, but yet they needed some disciple, some consequence for their behavior. They needed to be made aware that what they were doing was not acceptable to us. We still love them and we want to protect them, but we don’t want them fighting all the time in the truck.
I think if they end up having to walk that half mile home too many more times they will start to re-evaluate their behavior and who knows, this might be great training for later on in life, Carson was actually stretching out and really enjoying the run.
I believe that God has to discipline us sometimes when our behavior is not acceptable to Him. But He never leaves us during this time, He is always right there beside us, protecting us, making sure no one steals us away.
Father, getting disciplined is never fun, but we always come out the other side stronger. Father, I pray for wisdom in how to discipline the boys. Thank You for this lesson in character building.
I Love You Jesus.
In Your Name I Pray,
God Bless You!
A Life Decision