Today’s word for April 1, 2011

Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
They are a garland to grace your head
and a chain to adorn your neck.
Proverbs 1:8-9

It is true that our parents were not too skilled when applying discipline to us, but for sure they were full of good intentions and love. It is also true that sometimes they were a little severe and a tad violent when using the rod but everything was done so we could learn how to behave and so we could avoid getting ourselves into trouble later in our lives. They made mistakes ─just as we do now─ by letting them be carried away by their emotions and not by reason when trying to correct our misbehaviors. All in all, we are living proof that opportune discipline, applied in proportionality to the fault, brought much good to our lives. Of course, it was not until we became parents ourselves and had to deal with those little, rotten, spoiled, manipulative, hyperactive and tireless creatures that we call our children, that we realized the logic of many things related to discipline. (Just kidding, children are a great blessing.)

What we need to understand now that we have grown up, is that we still need correction and discipline in order for us to reach the perfection that our Heavenly Father demands of us, His children. It is His turn to correct and discipline us with love, truth and justice, “for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness.” and to produce “a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” as the author of the letter to the Hebrews wrote. Let us march forward with renewed energy because God Himself is correcting and taking care of us in a perfect way. Only to God be the glory!

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