Re: Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner
We all want the lean muscular body, but none of us wants to do the diet and exercise required to get it. We would all love to play a musical instrument, but we don't want the long hours of practice. We all wish we knew more about something or other, but are unwilling to spend the time in study to learn it.
We need to understand that improvement requires more than just desire - we must work and sacrifice to get there. The best way to learn this lesson is to learn it as children, at the hands of our parents - but many are being cheated out of this lesson. Tom Landry said "My task is to renew the minds of our players so that I can get them to do what they do not want to do in order for them to achieve what they want to achieve."
It is too late for most of us to learn as children, but it is not at all too late for us to make it a point to influence the children that are growing up today. In 1995, the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company performed a study which showed 63 percent of adults in the united states believe parents are too lenient and permissive with their children. Studies between then and now show this leniency has increased significantly since then.
The Word of God tells us that it is an error not to discipline children that are wrong headed:
1 Samuel 3:13 (KJV);
"For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not."
Proverbs 29:15 (KJV);
"The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame."
Proverbs 13:24 (KJV);
"He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes."
Disciplining the child you love is not easy. But no one said being a good parent was easy, did they?
May God bless each one of you - -
Reason given by one of Obama's more intellectual supporters when asked why she voted for him:
"He gave me a PHONE!!"