I’ve been more strict with Ellie recently than in times past. When I lacked self-discipline in areas of my life, it poured over into my discipline as a mother. I didn’t want to be constantly on Ellie’s case and honestly, I was too exhausted every day to add “disciplinarian” to my list of things to do...especially with Ellie’s relentless determination. However, I began to see the fruit born from a 3-year old with no consistent discipline. Let me tell you, it wasn’t sweet.
When Ellie doesn’t have consistent discipline, she indulgently satisfies her feelings without regard to others or the consequences of her actions. Instead of leaving her to rot, I began (better late than never) to train her more intentionally. But I’m not disciplining her for the fun of it, I’m rearing her because I love her and would give my life for her. Since I would give my life for her she better not be acting like a fool out here in these streets. That’s a high price to pay for a fool.
God’s discipline in our lives is proof that he loves us and wants us to live our best. He paid the ultimate price for us with His life. We were too expensive for him to allow us to act cheap! Proverbs 22:15 says “All children are foolish, but firm correction will make them change.” Even as human adults we are God’s children and because of sin we are innately foolish. His firm correction in whatever way he chooses to administer it, is for our gain. Let’s begin to worship him in difficult circumstances knowing that we are being trained to live God’s holy best. Drop a 💃🏽if you choose to embrace God’s loving correction today!
Hebrews 12:10-11 This trouble you’re in isn’t punishment; it’s training, the normal experience of children. Only irresponsible parents leave children to fend for themselves. Would you prefer an irresponsible God? We respect our own parents for training and not spoiling us, so why not embrace God’s training so we can truly live? While we were children, our parents did what seemed best to them. But God is doing what is best for us, training us to live God’s holy best. At the time, discipline isn’t much fun. It always feels like it’s going against the grain. Later, of course