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I spank my children. We also do time outs, lost privileges, and other creative forms of discipline. My son, our monkey of all moneys — was attempting to jump from the baby crib to our bed. And he, being the athletic 5-year-old monkey that he is, can pretty much make the jump. His sister, who is just barely 3, cannot. Also, I know he could fall short, in which case, he would slam into the edge of the 4 inch wide solid wood frame that surrounds our bed.
My husband had told him no. I had told him no. As this very moment, he was sitting on the corner of the crib, a mischievous sparkle in his eyes, a half smile on his face. So we talked about it. He sat there, truly thinking about what to do. So he thought and thought.
Seriously, I think he was there for about 5 minutes. Then he gradually slunk down off the crib, and took a large giant step to the bed instead. I knew it had been hard, and thanked him for obeying. Still, two minutes later, he was back, perched on the crib. I chose my battle and took the teachable moment. I started talking, about the narrow way and the wide way Matthew 7. About how God sets before us life and death, but wants us to choose life. About running away from temptation.
He thought and thought. In that moment, I knew I had to spank him. I actually hate to spank. But it ends in death.
I am responsible, as a parent, to the best of my ability, to keep my child from going this wide way. Yes, the narrow way is hard, even for me. No, at some point, our children need to know that the wide way, and making bad choices — it hurts.
Now, let me just say this. But when I picked up my beautiful firstborn son, and laid him across my lap, I was actually full of tears. And said some others things too. He was crying and I was crying. But I had his attention. I scooped him up afterwards, and we hugged tightly, both still full of tears. When I was younger, my dad would illustrate Bible stories on mornings when I woke up early enough to him in his chair We looked over the story of the wide and the narrow way together. I even drew him his own copy.
We talked about the narrow way being hard, but God is with you. You can get off the wide way at any time and choose the narrow way. God will help you. He asked questions. How come that? Is every spanking this glorious?
No, but it can be. And in that moment, as I was going through this whole thing, I saw, that reason for the spanking. The beauty of the spanking. It is such a deep deep love. It is a love that has compassion and mercy, that sympathizes with us in our weaknesses, that has been tempted in every way, but a love that knows what is best, from a God who is always for us.
That broad way, le to death. Some even think it should be illegal. Maybe some places it is illegal. A father disciplines those he loves. Spanking, can be beautiful. My son and I bonded that day. Or you can choose the narrow way. So Christian spanking stories. But loved with a love so deep, that it would keep him from falling into destruction. Spanking can be beautiful.
I had a similar experience with a spanking with my nearly 5 year old.
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