Linda Wood Rondeau

Snark & Sensibility

A LIFELONG PURSUIT
9/13/2016 12:00:01 AM by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

Watch where you step. Little ones are right behind you.

 

If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, brought up in the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come
(1 Timothy 4:6 – 8)

 

 


“Back, Sheba, back!” The lion tamer snaps the whip, and the fierce lioness retreats to the cage. With one click, the mighty beast is subdued.

Why isn’t parenting that simple?

Why won’t our children respond with the snap of the whip and heel at our command?


We awake from our fantasy with the crash of the milk carton on the floor.

“Oops, sorry.” Billy tries to sneak out the door with the white liquid oozing all over the linoleum.


“You get right back in here, young man, and clean that mess up this instant!”


“Oh, Mom!”


“You heard me!”


“But, Joey’s waiting!”


“Let him wait.”


Meanwhile, the liquid is congealing on the floor.


“But, we’ll be late.”


“The more you argue, the later you’ll be.”


“Aww, Mom!”


Reluctantly, Billy cleans up the mess—most likely not a professional offering. He runs off for his rendezvous with Joey while his parents’ slippers stick to the floor. They wonder: will he ever learn?


During the training years, a child fails many times before he achieves competency. Webster defines the word “train” as follows: To form by instruction, discipline, or drill, to teach so as to make fit, qualified, or proficient. There will come a day when our training efforts will yield good fruit in our children. The evidence of our instruction will be revealed during their later years and in future generations to come. Like profits from a mutual fund, the profitable yield takes time.


Likewise, God has confidence in our conclusion.

 

He fits and equips us for the work He has destined. Immediate results are rare. Just as the delicate orchid takes years to bloom, God’s pruning in our lives takes decades. There will come a time when He will welcome us into His presence and say with great parental pleasure, “Well done, my child!”

 

 

 

 

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