“When I was a boy at my father’s knee, the pride and joy of my mother, he would sit me down and drill me: “Take this to heart. Do what I tell you—live!” Proverbs 4:3
I grew up with three brothers. My parents weren’t dictators or helicopter parent, and they were fair. When they spoke, we listened, as there was a fair amount of fear in consequences for bad behavior. I remember one particular spanking marathon, which was well deserved. Imagine three children in a wooden outhouse lighting toilet paper on fire and tossing it down into the holes, and how that could have turned out.
On more than one occasion, I heard my dad say to my brothers, “If you don’t straighten out, I’ll take you to Eldora”–a training institute for troubled boys. We had driven by the place, and it didn’t look much like home.
God doesn’t threaten us with a training center when we disobey his commands. And, through grace, when we live a clean life, we are his pride and joy.
Dear Lord, thank you for loving us regardless of our bad behavior. Amen.