The rod and rebuke give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.
It’s Friday again. I can tell that I have been less than intentional with my child training this month (with the six scheduled speaking engagements, the home school mom’s retreat and surgery, I was not as vigilant as a two-year old requires). The Bible warns me about this. “The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces his mother.” – Proverbs 29:15. As a result of my neglect, David has quickly learned he is not being held to the usual standards and is taking full advantage of this brief reprieve. It is showing up in other areas as well. Sisters are not being as loving as they should. They have been extremely helpful to me in my work, especially during my recovery, but I can see little changes in their personalities and interactions that are not the best. This afternoon when David naps, we will be reviewing 1 Corinthian 13 (The Love Chapter) once again as a reminder to all. I know the schedule changes and constant adjustments due to the surgery and having multiple sitters during that time has been stressful on them. Hopefully this timely reminder will get everyone back on track in a positive, proactive way and will result in better self-correction (relying on the power of the Holy Spirit), and less Mom correction.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.