Taking Responsibility (2)
A man reaps what he sows.
Galatians 6:7 NIV
Our values today are badly messed up. We overlook the poor grades and irresponsible acts of high school and college athletes. Why? Because they win tournaments and make us look good! And how about 'celebrity justice'? Someone famous gets a free pass, while the less fortunate do the time because they did the crime?
Wrong! We need to teach our children that unless they accept responsibility, life won't be good to them: "A man reaps what he sows." Parent, taking personal responsibility means holding your child accountable when they violate the rules, mix with the wrong crowd; try "stuff" like drinking, drugs and premarital sex; cheat on a test; or stay out beyond curfew. Sound straight laced? So is gravity. So is the harvest law. Your sincere but naive sentiment, "I want them to have all the things I didn't have growing up," will turn spoiled children into spoiled adults. Practice prevention: build a fence at the top of the cliff, not a hospital at the bottom! You say, "By the time I get home at night I'm too tired to discipline them." Wake up: when they get arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol the judge won't cut them any slack. Nor will the banker when he repossesses their car and their house because they didn't pay the loan. Kindness is cruelty in disguise when it's not accompanied by responsibility.
Eli the High Priest rose to the top of his profession. Only one problem, he didn't take responsibility for his family. As a result, he and his sons died prematurely. God said, "I told him that I would judge his family… because… he failed to restrain them" (1 Samuel 3:13 NIV). So, take responsibility!
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