Discipline is protection! The parent who understands this is a loving parent that sees long range and knows the end of an undisciplined life. The lack of discipline results in a life with no boundaries and a person searching the world over for someone to care enough to say, NO!
The No’s will always be challenged and therefore most modern parents are too lazy to take on the challenge. The challenge coming from a two year old is nothing compared to a teenager’s NO.
With the educational system and the laws backing the child’s right to ignore the parent’s No, starting discipline in the teen years is nearly impossible. Do not fear to discipline because “I discipline those I love, and spank every son I bless. If you endure discipline, I deal with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father does not discipline? If you grow up without discipline, you are like bastards, and not sons,” Hebrews 12:6-8.
The end result of this backing of rebellion, is a generation of lawlessness, resulting in early death. Death of the individual, death of a family, death of a marriage, death of a city, and the death of a nation! The lack of discipline almost guarantees an earlier death than the child who was loved from childhood with proper discipline. Proper loving discipline for the most part, protects against sex before marriage, stealing, “rioting in the streets, drunkenness, extreme indulgence in sensual and sexual pleasure, along with all sorts of strife and envying,” Romans 13:13.
Discipline starts with the lifestyle of the parents. The words, “do as I say, not as I do,” will guarantee an undisciplined child, no matter how many NOs you say. Teaching by example will make the no’s less necessary, much fewer in number.
If the parent uses the “f” word the child will. If the dad watches pornography, the daughter will generally become a whore, wanting to please her daddy and thinking this is what my daddy likes! If the parent steals and cheats the child will, if the parent lies the child will, if the parent smokes, does drugs and alcohol the kids eventually will. Your undisciplined or disciplined life will be passed on to your children by your example, not your words.
If you are constantly complaining about authority, your child will despise authority. Whatever the parent does in moderation, the child will do in excess! Do not blame this generation for their lack of discipline, blame the former generation, who taught by example! “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it,” Proverbs 22:6.
Remove the father from the home and you remove 80% of the discipline!
~ Jim Hammerle
|Jim Hammerle (1941-2017) began ministry working with David Wilkerson and Nicky Cruz, founding Teen Challenge Philadelphia. 6 times in the mission field pastoring a mission ship, 15 years with tv and radio, teaching, and preaching. As a retired businessman, Jim helped to feed widows and orphans in Uganda, helping Muslims find the Jesus who fed them. He became His banker and was privileged to give His money away, wherever He decided, so he also helping to build an orphanage in Haiti and investing in lives in the USA. Totally in love with his Lord, at age 73 he served in ministry at Victory Christian Church and lived every hour listening for his Heavenly Father’s voice. Jim passed away on May 23, 2017 to be with the LORD.|