An Invitation to the Experience

Today’s verse of the day is John 14:21…

“Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” (NIV)

Or, as the NLT puts it…

“Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”

Now, on first reading, it may seem like God’s love is conditional upon your obedience…

IF you love God first, THEN God will love you in return.

That, however, doesn’t seem consistent with the rest of the scriptures and what I’ve come to know about God. The Bible says, in Romans 5:6-8…

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

And, also in 1 John 4:10 it says…

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

This, to me, sounds like God’s love for me personally is not dependent on my loving him.

I think what the passage in John 14:21 is referring to is an invitation to enter into an experience.

That God loves you is already a reality…for God. He is experiencing it. That love is a reality that you can experience as well, but it takes faith, trust and obedience to be able to understand and enter in to. In other words, it takes obedience in order for Christ to be able to show it to you.

Let’s think of it this way…

Have you ever gone to a rock concert?

I have. I have performed in them.

Here’s a little secret that usually only guitar players are familiar with. You see, to get a guitar amplifier to really produce the sound that it was intended to produce, you have to crank it up. You have to turn it up pretty loud and drive the circuitry of the amp.

I would imagine it’s kind of like a race car or high-performance car. Imagine driving a race car at 30 miles per hour. Boring, right?

Same thing with an amp. You’ve got to open it up and let it do it’s thing.

The problem is, you can’t really do that at home – especially if you live in an apartment or condo. The landlord or association will have you tossed out.

Nor can you or should you drive 200 MPH down your neighborhood streets.

That’s why they create arenas and race tracks. There is a venue for these things. In order for you to experience the awe and power and intended purpose of these things – you have to enter the arena. You need to get your ticket, enter through the door and go inside to have the experience.

It’s the same way with God’s love. It’s there. The amp is turned up. The engine is revving. You just need to enter in to the arena to experience it. Then, it will become a reality to you. It’s not something you can read about in a book or magazine or hear about in a newscast or podcast.

Have you ever seen video footage of a fireworks display? It’s not nearly as breathtaking as being there in person.

Jesus is saying that you can’t just read about the commands and recite them to other people. That’s like telling people where they can go to see a concert, but never going there yourself!

He is giving you the ticket to get in the doors yourself. Believe. Trust. Obey. Come on in.

On Top of the World


I went to the Skydeck of the Willis Tower yesterday. They claim to have what they call an “unforgettable experience” waiting for you.

You buy your ticket. You enter in through the door.

Once you’re in, you have the opportunity to “step out on faith”. There is a glass ledge in a glass case that you can walk out on and be suspended in air – 103 stories above the ground – the highest height in the Western Hemisphere without being in a flying contraption.

As I stood in line to wait for my turn, I noticed that people that were going before me were getting really scared as they walked into the case. Because I was not out there experiencing it for myself, I had no idea what they were going through. It’s easy, from that perspective, to criticize people and think that you won’t be scared.

Then, I had my chance.

I have to be honest – it took me a moment to fully step out on that ledge. Like everyone else, I had to stretch out my arm and touch the glass walls to ensure myself that everything was going to be fine.

It truly was an unforgettable experience. One that I never would’ve had if I had never taken a step of faith.

It’s not enough to just have a ticket to the event. You have to go and experience it for yourself.

I had a ticket to go to the Skydeck for almost a full year.

My family and I were given free tickets. My wife and girls went last year at Spring Break time. I wasn’t able to join them, but the ticket was good for a year.

For a year that ticket sat on the counter – with a picture of what other people were experiencing – nagging me to go. It kept asking me, “When are you going to make time for me?”

I kept putting it off, because I’m a busy guy and…it’s hard to get downtown. I don’t get down there very often.

Finally, an opportunity presented itself, and I took advantage of it.

Boy, am I glad I did.

It’s not the one who has the ticket that has the experience. It’s the one who has the ticket and uses it that gets the full experience.

You have the commands of Jesus at your fingertips – the most notable, of course, being the command to love one another. Now, if you want to fully experience God’s love for you and have Jesus show himself to you…

Do as I strive to do on a daily basis: Love your neighbor as yourself.

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Do You Feel Guilty for Taking a Shower?

Showering-businessFor millions of years, while the earth was cooling and life was developing, there were no people on the planet. Over thousands of years life forms were created and developed. People started walking on the face of the earth. Stinky, smelly people.

For thousands of years, people have dipped in lakes, rivers and streams to get clean. Those bodies and gatherings of water have not always been that clean. Oh, sure, I remember watching videos in grade school of scientists telling how the boundary waters in northern Minnesota had water so clean you could just dip a cup in and drink it, and, sadly, now those days are gone.

Anyhow, my point is, not until the last century of the human race have we had the opportunity to take daily showers with clean hot water. And, still, to this day the majority of the population of the world does not have access to clean hot water.

Yet that doesn’t seem to stop Americans from going through the daily routine of taking a shower. If you’re somebody who takes a shower every day, you probably never even think twice about this, and that’s fine.

In fact, I’d be willing to bet that you not only take a daily shower, but if something were to interrupt your routine, you’d get pretty upset. I’d be willing to bet that taking a daily shower is not only a ritual for you, I’d be willing to bet you feel entitled to it.

Let’s take it a step further, I’d be willing to bet that, not only do you feel entitled to it, I’ll bet you even feel obligated to take a shower every day. Think about it. You show up at the office without having taken a shower that morning, and you’re probably going to get a few “looks” from your co-workers. If it’s a persistent “problem”, your boss might even pull you aside and have a conversation with you about hygiene in the workplace.

So, we don’t think twice about it. We just do it, and we wouldn’t even think about going through a day without our hot shower…most of us…in America. You’d be crazy not to.

So, that leaves the question, “Do you feel guilty about it?” I mean, think of it. Taking a shower with clean fresh hot water every day is quite a privilege. You’re using up natural resources. Clean water is scarce in most parts of the world. You’re probably using up precious fossil fuels to heat said water. I mean, what makes you so special?

Well, it really has nothing to do with you. The reason you can take a shower every day is not because you’re an especially privileged person, but because of the abundance of fresh clean water in your area, and the relatively low cost to heat that water.

In fact, it’s healthier for all of us if you take that daily hot shower. Believe me, if all those folks in 3rd world nations who bathe in contaminated rivers had the opportunity to take a daily shower in clean hot water, they would take advantage of it. They’d be crazy not to.

What’s my point in all of this? Well, just as surely as you would not feel guilty about taking a shower everyday because of the abundance that surrounds you and the health benefits to yourself and everyone around you, why would you feel guilty about taking advantage of any of the abundance that surrounds you?

For example, if you live in an economy that is booming, and that has large “pipes” with lots and lots of money flowing through it, why would you feel guilty for getting involved with it and letting your share shower down upon you? It’s not your fault that developing nations don’t have the same economic status that your nation does. (I like the term “developing” more than “3rd world”, because it implies that growth is actually happening)

Let me ask you this. If you stopped taking a shower everyday, do you think that would actually be of any benefit to those that do not have access to those same resources? Would you feel better about yourself because now you’re “one of them”? Maybe then you could start being judgmental of all those who take showers every day. You could be better than them, because you don’t waste all those precious resources on yourself like they all do.

Well, good luck with that. Let me know how that works out for you.

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Get What You Want

Tis the holiday season, and, as such, tis the season to get what you want, right? I mean, that’s what all the retail marketers are hoping for, that, if you didn’t get what you really wanted for Christmas this year, “then come on over to our after holiday sale and get it!” 

I have to admit that, when I hear that statement, it makes me cringe a bit. There’s something that just seems incredibly self-centered and greedy about having a mind set that says, “I’m going to go after what I want.” 

What’s more, it seems almost blasphemous to think of having the attitude that I’m going to demand it from God. 

We look at the young man in the story of the prodigal son who demanded his inheritance from his father prematurely. We think what a fool he was. 

Here’s an interesting thought, though. What if what you really want is world peace, or for your ailing mother to get well, or your neighbors to stop fighting and get along with each other, or for your co-worker to become a Christian?

Well, all those are noble things, aren’t they? Suddenly “getting what you really want” doesn’t sound so evil, does it?

I think what’s interesting is that, when we hear a statement like “get what you want”, we just assume that people will default to a place where what they really want are more material possessions for themselves. 

Well, even if that were the case, what’s wrong with that? 

We’re taught that if what you want is in accordance with the will of God, then it’s okay, but if it’s to spend what you get on your pleasures, then it’s not okay.

So, first we have to recognize that what we’ve just decided is that “getting what you want” is not necessarily inherently evil or wrong or bad. Evidently, it depends on what it is you want. So, it’s okay to get what you want…provided that it’s not for you, and that it’s not something you will enjoy

I don’t think that’s the case. Let’s go back to the prodigal son. He got what he wanted, didn’t he? What did he do with it? He spent it “foolishly” on wild living and pleasure. After it was all gone and there was a severe famine he began to feel need again. What happened next? He came to his senses. He learned a lesson. He realized that all this wild living and pleasure was not really satisfying him. (I actually wonder if he ever would’ve come to that conclusion if he didn’t run out of money.) 

He returned to his father having learned a very valuable lesson – a very valuable lesson that he would never have learned had he not “gotten what he wanted” in the first place. 

What’s interesting is that his older brother never asked for anything that he wanted. Maybe he thought it was too arrogant or self-centered or greedy to ask his father for something that he could spend on his pleasure. Where did that get him? Self-righteous, bitter and resentful and missing the point of his father’s generosity. 

Get what you want. If you find that what you wanted didn’t satisfy like you thought it would, learn a lesson from it and find out what it is you really want. The Father has plenty to go around; plenty of resources, and plenty of patience as you learn your lessons. I think life is a journey of finding out what it is we really want, and I think what the Father really wants is to give us what we really want because he wants us to be happy and fulfilled. 

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The Bike Ride from Hell

It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and it is a gorgeous 50 degree sunny day. I decided to go for what will probably be the last bike ride of the season. What a treat! I love bike riding!

There is much serenity on the bike path. However, one of the things that I find exceedingly annoying is when there are pedestrians in your lane, and more pedestrians approaching in the on-coming lane, and it’s obvious that you are all going to meet at the exact same time. What that means for the conscientious bike rider is that you have to break your stride, slow down, even come to a complete stop if you have to. This is especially bothersome if you’re really cruising after coming down a hill.

That’s exactly what happened to me today. Those old folks out enjoying the beautiful day…God love ’em!

As I rode away, making sure I shifted my gears rather loudly to demonstrate my annoyance, the thought came back to me again…

There are no setbacks, only learning opportunities.

Now, come on! Seriously? How could that possibly be anything but a setback? Really. I mean, I seriously tried to think of how that could be a learning opportunity. I got nuthin’.

Later on, I encountered another biker, who, in my opinion, was doing something unsafe. My reaction was that I became so upset that I could think of nothing but kicking my leg out as he tried to pass me and knocking him over…only to turn around to come back and pummel him. Wow. I don’t think I’ve ever been that upset on a bike ride before. I got off my bike and was seriously about to hit something. (Fortunately I took none of these actions!)

Other really annoying “setbacks” kept happening on my bike ride. Suddenly, this “really great day for a bike ride” was not turning out so wonderful.

Then, I was reminded of the fact that…

Nobody can make me mad. I only make myself angry.

I didn’t like hearing myself think that thought at first, I can tell you that.

I thought about something, though, that put things into perspective for me. It’s not as though people were thinking, “Oh, here comes that Steve Pederson guy. I can’t stand him. Let’s do something to really mess with him!” No. These were just people going about their day. They just happened to get in my way.

All of the things that annoyed me today were instances of me having a plan in my mind how I wanted things to go, and they didn’t go the way I wanted them to go, so I got angry.

See, I didn’t really have any setbacks. I learned something today. I learned that sometimes I need to make adjustments. The world doesn’t revolve around me and my agenda, and that’s okay.

The main thing is that I returned home safely to tell the world about my learning experience.

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There Are No Setbacks

A friend of mine once got me thinking when he told me that even if he loses at playing Texas Hold ‘Em, he still comes out ahead, because he treats every “loss” as a learning experience.

I decided to give that attitude a try. As I was out for a walk one day, the thought came to my mind…

There are no setbacks, only learning opportunities.

Of course, this is a very easy thought to have when you’re out for a stroll on a beautiful day and everything seems to be going your way. I wondered if I would still have that attitude when things started to get challenging.

It didn’t take too long to put this thought process to the test.

About a day later I decided that I just might have enough time before I needed to be at my teaching job to drive to a very remote part of town to pick up a piece of window hardware for our bathroom window. I really didn’t want to drive there, because I’d never been to that part of town before, it wasn’t near any expressways, and therefore I wasn’t sure how long it would take. Plus, it was in a bad neighborhood, it was in the completely opposite direction of where I needed to be, and, on top of it all, the check engine light in my car had been on for several days, and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be driving in this rough part of town in the event that my car would break down.

Being the adventuresome spirit that I am, and with really no other option, I decided to give it a go. I called before I left to confirm the address and to make sure they had the part I was looking for. I’ve learned that lesson the hard way enough times already!

As I approached the address that I thought I was looking for, I noticed there was no such business at that address. I pulled over and called the store again. Thank God for recent phone numbers being stored in your cell phone!

When I called, the gal on the phone assured me that I had the right address. I just didn’t have the right city!

I had never even heard of the city she said she was in. She gave me some cross streets, and I realized that I had to go much further out of my way then I had realized. I didn’t know what to do. Should I still try to make it? Would I have time? I wish I had known this before I had left!!! I could’ve saved so much time, and I wouldn’t have had to come to this frightening part of town! What a SETBACK!

As I ventured hesitantly on, my thought returned to me…

There are no setbacks, only learning opportunities.

Then you start to argue with yourself: “How is this NOT a setback?” I have to admit, though, that just thinking this thought was helpful. It helped calm me down, which, in turn, made me drive a little safer and a little more patiently.

The lesson I learned; always know exactly where you’re going when you’re going some place you’ve never been before. Who knows how this lesson may save me in the future?

The great part of the story is that I got the part I needed, and, since the store was located next to an expressway, I was able to get to my teaching job in plenty of time.

See, I did come out ahead in the long run. Plus, I had quite an adventure besides.

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How a Metronome Works

Staying in the lines. Every now and then we stray, and that’s okay. As long as you get back on the path.

I am a music teacher. As such, it’s one of my duties to help my students develop a sense of timing. I haven’t met too many people that have an innate sense of rhythm. It has to be taught.

One of the tools that I encourage my students to use to develop their sense of timing is a metronome. A metronome is a device that keeps perfect time or a perfect beat. It sets the standard for a steady pulse. If somebody is off, you can bet it’s the student that has deviated and not the metronome.

As wonderful, perfect and helpful a little item this gadget is, though, you wouldn’t believe how resistent students are to using it. Most of them actually hate it. Week after week, despite my continual reminders to do so, students continue to neglect practicing with a metronome.

Well, I’ve got news for you. The metronome isn’t going away. Even if you get rid of the metronome, you cannot get rid of what a metronome represents – perfect timing.

One of the challenges to practicing with a metronome is that you have to listen very carefully to it. When you are playing your instrument, you are obviously making a sound. That sound is competing with the sound the metronome makes, and usually your instrument is louder. It takes serious focus.

Another challenge to focusing on the metronome is that students feel that what they are doing is more important, and therefore requires the greater attention, than this obnoxious little click maker.

I always tell my students, “You can have rhythm without harmony or melody, but not the other way around – unless, of course, you’re into chaos.”

If having rhythm is so important, essential, even elemental, why do students reject it so readily?

One thing I do is take advantage of the time we have together during our lesson time to work with a metronome. If they’re not going to do it at home, by golly, they’re going to do it when I’m with them!

So, we set it and motion, and here’s what’s key: I tell my students that, should they get ahead or fall behind, that’s okay. Just don’t stop. Get back on track. Don’t start over again from the beginning. Don’t give up. Figure out where you’re supposed to be and join in again.

Think about your life. What is the “metronome” in your life – that standard by which you live? Do you deviate from it’s perfect rhythm from time to time? If you do, what do you think the “band director” would most want you to do? Quit? Have everyone else stop and start over again? Cry about it?

I think the band director would want you to get back into the rhythm as quickly as possible.

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What do YOU think?

As I was walking this morning and meditating, quieting my mind and opening my mind to  guidance from my creator, I heard the Spirit ask me this question,

“What did you read today?”

The first thing I thought of was this verse in Psalm 119 about freedom:

“I will walk in freedom,
for I have devoted myself to your commandments.” – v. 45 (NLT)

Freedom. What a powerful word.

I began to realize how most of our cliches, proverbs and metaphors that have to with freedom associate freedom with flying.

Think about it. What’s something you’d really love to do? Something you dream about?

I’d love to be able to fly. I dream about flying. Oh, that I could be like a free bird and fly away; free as an eagle when she flies.

What’s the opposite of flying? Being weighed down.

Nobody wants to be weighed down. Whatever weighs you down keeps you from flying.


As I walked on I began to consider a question about what I am like at my core. I’ve been wrestling with this question: At my core, am I perfect, or am I sinful? As I walked on, I asked God, and then I listened. Then I heard the strangest thing. I heard God ask me,

“What do YOU think?”

At first I felt honored that God wanted to know what I thought. Some things went through my mind, but I didn’t answer right away. Then it occurred to me that the question was the answer!

What do I think? That’s where the answer lies. If I think I am perfect, then I will act accordingly. If I think I am rotten to the core, then I will act accordingly.

“As a man thinketh, so is he.”

What a privilege it is that God created each of us with our own brain, our own mind to think with.

What an incredible freedom it is to be able to think, and to think for yourself.

Fly On Free Bird!

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Be In The Moment

Today, as I was out riding my bike, I had several opportunities to “be in the moment”.

What I’ve been learning lately, from reading the book Tapping the Source, is that I have a choice – each and every moment – of what I want to focus on.

It is an absolutely beautiful fall day. The temperature is in the mid-70s. There’s a slight breeze. There is a wide array of colors being displayed by several different species of trees. It couldn’t be a better day to go for a bike ride in the forest preserve – aside from the fact that it rained all day yesterday, leaving the path slippery with lots of wet leaves.

I rode my bike for a little over 12 miles today. That took me about an hour to accomplish. An hour. For an hour I was surrounded by beauty.

But, that’s not all I encountered. Because of the beautiful day, there were a lot of other people out enjoying the free park trails as well. In general, there were people just…out.

For instance, there was one man walking along the path, who, as I was passing by him, looked at me with this look as though he was going to spit in my face. I guess some “walkers” don’t like us bike riders being on “their” path.

There were several instances where I had to stop my momentum and slow way down because of pedestrians in both lanes, moving in opposite directions, meeting at the exact same time I would be passing them.

Then, of course, we can’t forget the hot-shot in his fancy car coming out of the Starbucks drive-through, talking on his cell phone, not paying attention to his surroundings… Had I not stopped for him, I wouldn’t be writing this blog right now, that’s for sure.

Yes, there were several moments along the way today where I literally wanted to bash some people’s heads in, break their necks, or just zap them into oblivion. I wanted to hang on to those angry feelings for a while and fantasize about getting my revenge.

But…that’s all they were…moments.

After each one of those moments had passed, I had the conscious awareness to realize that, hey, that moment is passed. It’s over. It’s gone. That’s not the moment I’m having right now. Remember, I said that my bike ride took about an hour. Roughly 60 minutes. Do you know how many moments there are in a minute? There’s a LOT! I had a LOT of moments. Only a handful were “bad” moments. Imagine, being surrounded by all that beauty and letting a few bad moments destroy the many other wonderful moments I decided to have.

While I may not be able to control all of the circumstances in each of my moments, I don’t have to dwell on those moments. Instead, I can choose to be in each new moment, leaving old moments behind, in the past.

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I am a new creation

For the past week I have been meditating on this thought:

“I am a new creation in Christ Jesus.”

This thought is, of course, based from the scripture in 2 Corinthians 5:17, which says,

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

To help me meditate on it more fully, I have considered each word in the sentence individually.

I. I, Steve Pederson, am a new creation. This is personal. This makes me feel special, unique. I am a unique new creation. I am included. I am an individual that fits in to God’s plan.

Am. It’s not that I was, or I will be someday, or that I am, but there’s a certain degree of immaturity, but I am. Period. I exist as a new creation.

New. I like the footnote to this verse in my NLT Study Bible. It says,

“Christians are brand-new people on the inside. The Holy Spirit gives them new life, and they are not the same anymore. We are not reformed, rehabilitated or reeducated – we are re-created…”

What I like about this statement is that it gives the sense that there is nothing from the old that is kept. I’m not refurbished.

There’s just something about newness that is really cool. Everybody likes new stuff. It’s shiny. It’s not broken. It’s clean. It smells good. It’s fresh. There’s a promise that it’s going to work for a while. It’s still under warranty. It’s untainted.

Creation. This is the big one. When I think of creation, I think of all of God’s miraculous working power. I think of the creation itself. I think of the universe and how God fills it in every way. I think of the majesty, beauty, abundance and timelessness of creation. I think how overwhelming it is and how God has displayed his very divine nature through it. I think about how God’s creation is personal to him and a personal expression of who he is.

When I think of how amazing God’s creation is, and then I think that I am a new creation, it almost gives me chills.

In. This is important. This little word tells me that I am not on the outside looking in. I’m a part. I’m covered. I’m protected. I have special membership privileges. I have been created to be an important part of something that is much bigger than me. I am not only a  recipient of, but am a contributor to, a greater whole.

Christ. Who I am in is huge! Christ is King. He is the King of Kings. There is no higher authority in the universe. The universe was made at his command, by him and through him.

Jesus. Jesus gives it that personal touch; that touch of humanity. It’s a reminder that God became flesh and therefore understands my weaknesses. Jesus is my brother, and he is more than “just alright with me”.

To drive this meditation thought home, what I did was get out a notebook and pen and write out this statement 25 times a day every day for a week. Sometimes, when writing it down, I would focus my emphasis on just one word  and how that word was special – just as I’ve outlined above.

As a result, what has happened is that I’ve noticed that when I start getting tempted to think some less than holy thoughts, that thought is quick to pop into my mind and remind me that I am a new creation, and therefore I don’t need to think, act or react the way I’ve done so many times before – in ways that are not healthy to me spiritually.

I like what it says in Galatians 6:15-16, which states,

“…what counts is a new creation. Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule…”

Thinking about all this has even inspired an idea for a new song, which I hope to develop and be sharing with everyone.

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Disciplining Children

“Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.” – Proverbs 13:24 (NLT)

If this isn’t a hot topic in today’s world, I don’t know what is. Every parent has a different take on discipline. Some people interpret “the rod” in this passage literally and use it as a justification for using a physical stick to apply a “spanking” to their children. Others see “the rod” as a metaphor for discipline in general.

It’s my understanding that the scripture is referring to discipline in general, no matter what form the administration takes. The form of discipline a parent uses on a child is up to the wise and prayerful discernment of a loving parent. Besides, the need for the “rod of discipline” will continue to be there long after the effectiveness of spankings wears off.

To bind the use of physical punishment on a child as a general rule goes beyond the authority of any one person over another. That goes both ways. One person cannot use biblical authority to tell another that they are scripturally obligated to use physical punishment on their child. Conversely, it is nobodies business, not even the law, to determine what the appropriate course of action is for a parent to take in disciplining their child. (Neglect and abuse are of course matters where the law has authority to get involved.) A wise a loving parent is careful to discipline their child.

I think, however, the main point of this scripture is more about love than it is about discipline. Do you even love your child? “Well, of course I do! What a ridiculous question!” Is it really? I don’t think it would be in the bible if it was so ridiculous. Yes, it is possible for parents to even “hate” their own children. They show it by their lack of taking care to lovingly discipline them.

I appreciate this quote that is in the footnotes of my NLT Study bible on this verse:

It is not easy for a loving parent to discipline a child, but it is necessary. The greatest responsibility that God gives parents is the nurture and guidance of their children. Lack of discipline puts parents’ love in question because it shows a lack of concern for the character development of their children. Disciplining children averts long-range disaster. Without correction, children grow up with no clear understanding of right and wrong and with little direction to their lives. Don’t be afraid to discipline your children. It is an act of love. Remember, however, that your efforts cannot make your children wise; they can only encourage your children to seek God’s wisdom above all else!”

Let’s think spiritually and encourage the next generation of spiritual thinkers by giving them the chance they deserve, and maybe sometimes feel we didn’t get, through proper discipline.

For an excellent book on this matter, I would recommend Raising Awesome Kids – Reloaded, by Sam and Geri Laing.

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