I really appreciated all your comments on my Other People's Kids post. What a difficult situation to be in. Being the assistant coach I really want to make sure every child enjoys playing soccer. I want the children to encourage each other and I want them to look forward to practicing and playing in the games. One child can ruin things for everyone. If this situation happens again I think I am a little better prepared to handle it. I guess I was just in shock with his behavior. So thank you again for supporting me.
Since all this happened I have been thinking about my role as Jacob's mother and what God wants me to teach him. The Bible has one main thing about what a child needs to do and that is to obey your parents.
As adults the Bible tells us many things to do and not to do but for children it only gives them one thing! One thing! Obviously, God wants us to teach them how to obey. From what I understand God wants us (the parents) to teach them (the children) to obey so that when they grow up into adults they will obey God.
This has definitely given me something to think about.
I know I can be lackadaisical regarding discipline but now I know how important it is. Jacob's job is to obey me because I obey the Lord and one day he will need to obey God too! (Does that make sense?)
Ephesians 61Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
Colossians 320Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
9 How can a young person stay pure?
By obeying your word.
8 My child, listen when your father corrects you.
Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.
9 What you learn from them will crown you with grace
and be a chain of honor around your neck.
I know these verses will remind me that giving in to Jacob now might be easier in the moment but later on in life he will be grateful that I taught him to obey.