“Use Sparingly!” – One Year Bible Reading (Psalms/Proverbs) – September 2

Psalm 46:1-11   Be Still     A Hymn About Jerusalem by The Sons Of Korah

Proverbs 22:15   Use Sparingly!

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You may have heard of Mr. Spock but have you heard of Dr. Spock?  Dr. Spock may be more important to this generation than Mr. Spock.  J. Vernon McGee, as I mentioned, said that sometimes it’s necessary to apply “the board of education to the seat of learning”   (cf. Prov. Proverbs 22:6, Taking The Right Train).  We’ll see that Solomon agrees with J. Vernon.  Spanking may be necessary (cf. Prov. 13:24; 19:18; 23:13-14; 29:15-17).

Babies are born with a predisposition to breaking God’s rules.  It’s called “original sin” (cf. Rom. 5:12).  We all are born with a sinful nature and because of that we will sin.  Watch those wonderful little things.  They believe they are the center of the universe.  If they don’t get fed they will just wait patiently.  I remember putting together a small swing set for our toddler in our apartment.  I was sweating drops in the Texas humidity.  He didn’t thank me for working hard to assemble his toy.  He just wanted to be fed.  Thankfully, he never sinned after that incident.  (JK.  But he was a really good kid . . .  yes, so was our daughter!)

Spanking too much is abuse.  I only used that method in a measured way.  In fact, I used to remind my kids of the previous times they had been punished so I could avoid future episodes.

Another way to mitigate discipline is to pray first and count at least to three.   At least three.  If you are prone to anger, count to ten!

Remember the goal to raise great kids not to vent vexation.

But if all else fails . . . .

Remember that “smack” can mean a kiss as well as a spank . . .

Just use sparingly . . . .

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