When Discipline Is Lacking

My dog used to disobey any house rule. Speckles would speckle the floor. He would run into the street. His nonstop barking annoyed the neighbors. All this continued until I made the decision to take my dog to obedience training. At doggy school, they taught me how to transform Speckles from an aggravating dog into a well-behaved canine companion. I wish it were that easy to mold my son from insubordination to compliance with the household rules.

Proverbs 13:24 states, “If you refuse to discipline your children, it proves you don’t love them; if you love your children, you will be prompt to discipline them” (NLT). I love my son. Therefore, I attempted the “tough love” approach. It backfired. The tougher I became, the more rebellious he reacted. I threatened him with a military school. In retaliation, he bought military camouflage and disappeared into the foothills for four days until the local police finally “captured” him.

The difference between my dog and my son is that Speckles desires to please me. He begs for my praise. In contrast, my son purposely pushes my hot buttons, so I respond in frustration and accusation.

I am tired of other parents’ suggestions and criticisms. No new disciplinary measures pop into my head. Exhaustion wears at me as I try to tether my son away from rebellious and reckless behaviors.

I need wisdom from God. I need it today!

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.—James 1:5

Father, I lack wisdom on how to discipline _. I am asking for wisdom from You, knowing You give generously to all who ask. I know You will not find fault with my parenting skills, but will aid me in understanding how to discipline _, whom I love with all my heart. Help me to be prompt to discipline without succumbing to exhaustion. In Jesus’s name. Amen.

Susanne Scheppmann

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