[Re]thinking “Grace”

Moments Matter

wateringcan2 I didn’t want to do it. I stared at my cute little children, who had just both nonchalantly refused to follow through on the instruction that I had given. It was a seemingly “minor” infraction to a rather simple direction (“Pick up those toys, and put them in that basket.”), and I wanted to just let it slide….It was time to fix lunch!

Just give them the instruction again. It wasn’t a huge deal. No, better yet, tell them that they were wrong, but give them “grace.” Explain their being deserving of discipline, and explain that they are receiving grace instead.

We have chosen to relate to our children in this way before, on occasion (when the moment seems to call for it or the child seems particularly repentant and receptive to that message). Sometimes when the heart knows and feels the error of its ways, receiving grace in place of discipline paints…

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