UPDATED Today’s Spiritual Food for Thought, written by Pastor Young Kim of Grace Covenant Church in Philadelphia, was originally posted on June 23, 2013. Pastor Young is a graduate of University of Illinois (BS), Biblical Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and Westminster Theological Seminary (MA).
Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend
“The Art of Being a Parent”
Proverbs 23:13, 14
“Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die. Punish him with the rod and save his soul from death.”
I wonder what today’s counselors would say about this passage.
Like any parent, I love my kids. I laugh with them and I play with them, but I also discipline them. I try to be a happy and holy dad, trying to have as much fun with them as possible, but they know that if they misbehave, they will experience the “wrath” of dad. And that is the art of being a parent.
I pray that my kids will remember the laughter we have shared, but also, at the same time, they will have a healthy fear of dad when they are disobedient. I hope I do not sound scary. I don’t think my kids are scared of me, unless they do something wrong .
So then, let us spend some time praying for children. If you are a parent pray, for your kids. Write a letter to them; I do this from time to time. I spend time writing down how much I love them and what my prayers are for them. Sometimes I send it to them and other times I just keep it in my journal.
If you are single, pray for a niece or nephew. Maybe there are children at your church; pray for them as well for their parents, for they need great wisdom in raising their children.
If you don’t know any kids, go and get to know some of them; they will brighten your day and next time you will have someone to pray for.
Prayer: Jesus, give me wisdom to raise my children in the love and fear of God. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Joshua 2-3