The Mosaic law makes it quite clear of our parental responsibilities (Deuteronomy 6:4-8). As I observe children who have glaring disciplinary problems – the child throwing a temper tantrum in the grocery store, the pity party in the toy store, or the angry blow toward their sibling – I am reminded that children mirror their parents more than we are willing to admit.
Our beliefs determine our behavior; therefore, the way we teach submitting to authority in the home is often overturned by our actions in the streets. That is why Josh McDowell declares: “While we need to fear what our children could be tempted to do, we need to be more concerned with what are kids are left to believe.” Integrity in our homes is a one-to-one correlation between our Bible, our beliefs, and our actions.
A parent who is undisciplined himself cannot discipline their child – they may be punishing but not disciplining. Adrian Rogers used to give the example that a man who wants to train his hunting dogs takes them out in the woods. It’s ironic that we train our dogs but don’t train our kids. Then we tie up our dogs at night and let our kids run wild.
I appreciate what Rick Warren tweeted earlier this week: True success is having those who know us, respect us most. “I will lead a life of integrity in my own home” Psalm101:2(LB)