A side note about Timothy- he likes to make sure justice is done. For example if youre doing something wrong he wont hesitate to not only tell you, he will punish you as well. This something we are working on with him because he doesn't realize ITS NOT HIS JOB.
So the boys were sliding on the slides, running through the tunnel, and jumping off the ledges having a grand ol' time when this little toddler started to climb up the slide while Timo was trying to slide down. We all know this is a playground nono, but I know that I have found myself doing it plenty of times last week....errr when I was a kid. So Timo brought it upon himself to tell this little girl that she was not supposed to do that. He looked almost like a 2year old drill sergeant gettin' in her face, waving his finger and sternly giving her the low down.
Needless to say I had to bring him to time out. He tried to defend himself telling me all about how she was being disobedient and that he had to punish her. This has happened many times before, we have this conversation alot. I hope one day he will undertand, accept, and embrace this talk. There is so much we can learn from this:
- God is the sovereign creator and he has rules we have to follow. "If you love me, you WILL obey my commands." John 14:15
- One of Gods rules we must follow is obeying our parents. So obeying our parents is also obeying God. "Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right." Eph 6:1
- So when Mommy and Pops give rules they must be obeyed or there will be concequences "He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him." Prov 13:24
- Other kids are responsible to their parents, not to Mommy or Pops or Timo; and those parents may have different standards than us. So we dont yell at other kids we dont know. "Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven." Luke 6:37
- If someone else does something to us, we do not defend ourselves, but forgive them and continue to move about our business. "They remembered that God was their rock, that the Most High was their redeemer/defender." Psalm 78:35 "Awake, and rise to my defense! Contend for me, my God and Lord." Psalm 35.23
I like the idea that "it takes a village to raise a child." Soo...anyone who is reading this has permission to discipline my kids, and I ask that you please DO discipline them, rather then let them get away with things that are not pleasing to God.
I think its funny how God can show us how shallow our own faith is through our kids. I so often find myself judging others and defending myself-yet I know in my head that God is my defender and he is my judge. Why is my faith so small? Please Lord help me to practice what I preach.