Time Out

The answers were varied and often it depended on the personality of the child.

Psalm 38:1-22

Reference: “Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭38:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: I was recently listening to some talkback radio about disciplining children. Parents were calling in to discuss whether the time out concept worked for them or not.

The answers were varied and often it depended on the personality of the child.

I resonated with the honesty of one parent who called up, admitting that often time out was for her benefit, as well as her child’s. It gave her time to calm her anger and think more rationally about the next steps of discipline.

I found the same thing helpful when dealing with challenging behaviours. There were times when I actually needed the break to give myself space to look beyond my feelings and work out the best way forward.

Application: I acknowledge that God is the perfect parent, but in Psalm 38 it almost sounds like the writer is needing everyone to take a time out. His life is so challenging he feels God is punishing him in anger.

God is just and more often than not He is more forgiving than what we deserve. But He does give us some great examples of parenting and how to deal with children.

Let’s face it, He gave us freewill and then has had to watch us make poor choices, just like most parents here on earth have to watch their children make poor choices. He understands what it is to parent challenging behaviours!

So, when times get tough with family, know that our children may not always appreciate how we parent but let’s look to God for wisdom and advice.

Prayer: Lord, may we not look for acceptance but look to teach and guide our children well. Amen.

How has God been a good parent to you?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.