A little boy would not settle down during a church service. He kept kicking the pew, and defiantly threw hymnals to the floor.
The last straw came when he pulled the hair of the woman sitting in front of him. His father grabbed him by the arm and began marching him down the aisle toward the back of the church. The preacher didn’t miss a beat until the dad reached the back of the church.
That’s when the boy turned and yelled, “Y’all pray for me!”
That pretty much ended the service.
We live in a culture that despises the D word. We confuse it with punishment, but it is the bedrock of character and excellence. Discipline builds great athletes and powerful leaders.
Discipline motivates – Punishment mortifies
Discipline is based on trust – Punishment is based on fear
Discipline is time in – Punishment is time out
Discipline is practice – Punishment is penalty
I despise cruel punishment and abuse as much as anyone, but without discipline a society dies. Listen to what Proverbs has to say about discipline:
- A fool despises wisdom and discipline
- Do not despise the Lord’s discipline do not resent his rebuke
- He who hates correction will die
- Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid
I’m pretty sure I don’t want to be stupid and I’m certain that I want to live. Don’t be afraid of discipline. Especially when it comes from your creator.
Hebrews 12:11 No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.
Discipline saved my life.
When has discipline benefited you?