Food for thought…Teaching us

teaching us

I have customers with really cute pets. They come through the drive up and those pets give those googley eyes and I’m lost. I love pets. I really really do. Sometimes I get to thinking that I want a pet while other times I remember just how little I am home. It wouldn’t be fair that I have a pet and have it just sitting there waiting for me to be home. Well, at least it wouldn’t be so in my mind.

But they are just so cute! The cuteness wears off when you come in the room and they are chewing on your shoes. That’s when the work begins. You have to invest time in them. Teach them. Let them know what is acceptable and what is not. Relationships are like that. Children are like that. Even when we look in the mirror and see our own reflection we need to have those conversations with ourselves. It’s time we stop wiping things off and dealing with them. It is actually a loving thing to work with a child in their disobedience rather than leave them to their own devices. We’ve all seen children who have been left to act out without repercussions. They turn into adults that cannot be corrected themselves. The cuteness by that point has worn off and it’s gong to take a lot of work to fix. But fixing is what we all need. 

Hebrews 12:6-7 “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?” Lord, we are selfish beings and despise correction. But when we receive correction it is proof that we are yours. You tend to us as children and love us enough to not look last our follies. I pray our hearts would not grow hard but would mend and draw us ever closer to you.

 

Written by Courtney Gilkins

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