Ya, I know, this is a strange way to start off our study for today . . . let me show you where I'm going!
Barney had a phrase that he loved to use: "Nip it in the bud!" Quite often he was trying to convince his laid back boss to stop a problem while it was very small -- before it had developed into something larger. Often his misgivings turned out to be hilariously wrong, but occasionally he was right.
Wonder if his grandma or mom used our verse today if they had to discipline him . . . Hmmmm, did anyone use it for you?
Pro 19:18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.Now, I don't know if you "believe" in spanking or punishments, but it seems that Solomon was well-acquainted with child rearing. I guess with so many wives, there had to be a lot of kids running around in that palace!
Quite frankly, the chastening that results most in crying has to be spanking - you know, spare the rod and spoil the child? But in our home, that was the Last Resort. You used all other methods before you used the Last Resort. And it had to be a Large Infraction. Or a Large Transgression. I mean, there are many other ways to get the point across, right?
Just the same, I can probably count on the fingers of one hand, the times that my Mr. or I had to administer the Last Resort. And that is distributed over three kiddos. And I know that each of those times, the spanker was crying almost as much as the spankee. So I guess if Solomon was standing in my kitchen, he'd be shaking his head and murmuring this verse, but I think it would have come out, "let not thy soul spare for your own crying, either!"
Today, by God's grace, the three kiddos that He loaned to us are happy, healthy, productive Christians. Two of them have indicated to us that they appreciate our efforts in raising the three of them.
I guess I'm glad that we nipped some problems in the bud!