Our central air worked non-stop today and the main floor of the house never dipped below 80. Thankfully, our hideaway in the cool basement is big enough for all of us. We avoided the wet and heavy air banging at our back door.
Unfortunately, our youngest spent a fair bit of this warm and uncomfortable day sentenced to the time out chair. The storm brewing outside set the tone for the storm brewing inside. The day was rough for poor little Nick.
Every time I intervened in a new tantrum, I thought to myself, “It doesn’t have to be this way. Why does he continue to choose the hard road?”
I want so much more for him then time outs. I want so much more for him than constant correction and difficult discipline. But right now, on days like today, correction and guidance is what he needs most. I do it because I love him and I want to help him through the hard work of growing up.
God corrects His children because He loves us. He disciplines us because He loves us. I believe He wants more for His people but we often settle for less because settling is easier than doing the hard work of growing up. But praise God, it doesn’t have to be this way. I can grow up in my faith and do away with childish tantrums. The body of Christ can be united and mature.
Ephesians 4:14-15 “Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.”