"This is gonna hurt me more than it's going to hurt you!"
Did you ever hear this from your Mom or Dad??? Or how about this one...
"I'm doing this because I love you!"
I can remember my Mom saying both of these to me. WHAT?!?! *cue the eye rolling* Back then I could have sworn she had lost it!
Fast forward to now and I've finally been "lucky" enough to know what that means!
Disciplining your children is hard work! And it doesn't seem very fulfilling either!
It is so much easier to just ignore bad behavior. My husband and I are constantly busy and exhausted. We could easily do it. Every once in awhile we could just yell at them to, "Stop it!"
But as Christians, that's not what we're called to.....
~ Proverbs 22:6
"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."
We cannot ignore misbehaving or back talk. We can't just count down our time left until our children are grown. We can't just do the bare minimum!
We can't even just PRAY for our children! We have to TRAIN our children!
This actually calls for another action, too... Study God's Word!
How can we be capable to "train them in the way they should go", if we have lost our way???
~ Proverbs 29:15
"The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces his mother."
I want nothing more than to "impart wisdom" to my children, but in order to do that I must be looking to the Source!
I have quickly learned that parenting is not a job that can be done alone!
If I am not properly equipped with God's tools then I will be unable to do my job.
While this may sound like an insurmountable job, don't lose hope. For after the work... Comes the reward!
Once you train your child, they "will not turn from it."
So as I feel I don't have the energy to give another correction. Or I just can't bare to see my child be upset and cry over being punished. Or I feel I am wasting my time constantly correcting the same bad behavior over and over again... I will remember and trust that God always keeps His promises!