Easy Way or Hard Way?
By Kellie Tipton
There was a time in my home when my three little ones needed to be given medicine and that question was asked to them. What that meant was that mommy was going to be sure they took their medicine one way or another. It was their choice how it would happen however.
This was a time when I was learning more and more about how different my children were from each other. As I presented the medicine to my children, there was only one who chose the hard way. That one would try it before learning that mom was going to do whatever it took to care for her children. It only confirmed in them my love for them and that I knew what was best for them.
I will never forget asking my little one the question and those big brown eyes looking up at me and saying "hard way." I learned a lot about them in that moment and took note.
It is such a mystery to me as to why we as moms will do whatever it takes to take care of our children but neglect other areas. We make sure they eat the right foods, drink enough water, get enough exercise, do their schoolwork, get enough rest. The list can go on and on, but when it comes to other areas we will second-guess ourselves as being too controlling.
There are so many things we need to teach and train them, that will affect more than the physical and is definitely more important. We need to ask ourselves "Easy way or Hard way?" except in this way most of the time we need to be okay with the hard way. In many cases it would be to the detriment of our children not to!
Will I choose to parent my children in a way that makes it easy on me and sacrifice my children’s souls or choose the hard way and do what needs to be done to set my children apart to serve God?
Am I willing to spank when it is frowned upon by so many, but God's Word instructs us to do so?
Am I willing to have high standards that may separate my family and my children from being accepted by others?
Am I willing to be thought old fashion when in reality I am following God's standards?
I did not always choose correctly but would quickly realize and make adjustments when needed. Sometimes I saw the symptom of it in my children and other times a friend would share something and I would see clearer. Sometimes it was not hard at all.
So when your little one looks up at you with those sweet eyes, will you choose the easy way or hard way?
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. ~Proverbs 22:6