Something very interesting happened yesterday. One of my kids had done something that they should not have done. I was driving in the car at the time so I informed them that they would suffer a consequence later. They responded, “I don’t care”. At that moment, I knew the punishment would have to be something that they would really care about, to teach a lesson. So I replied, “I’m glad you don’t care because the rest of us will be going to get ice cream and you won’t since…you don’t care.”
At that moment, I discerned the child was very disturbed. The child was thinking, what have I done and how am I going to get myself out of this mess. From that point forward, this child’s attitude improved. (I’m sorta trying to protect this child’s identity, but it’s getting hard, and if you know my family you know who it is I’m sure. lol). We had a great time all day, with no further incidents.
No more sibling fights, each one in their own individual space working on the projects they needed to complete. I truly enjoyed each of them.
We met my husband at the restaurant and enjoyed a nice family dinner and then it started to sink in for him/her, they are about to go get ice cream. When we left, I suggested that he/she ride home with Dad so he/she wouldn’t have to endure the torture of seeing us get ice cream, but he/she insisted on coming. Clearly, he/she had developed a plan.
So we get to the ice cream place and this child gets samples. I joke, “get all the samples you want because I’m not getting you any ice cream.” The other children begin to remind him/her that he/she is not getting ice cream. Everyone gets their ice cream and sits down to enjoy it. Here comes the good part.
The child says, “Mommy, I’m really sorry for how I acted. Will you please forgive me?” I then proceeded to give the child a lecture of the importance of being obedient and respectful and the connection to receiving blessings, like ice cream. 🙂 I said “I will get you the ice cream this time, but if it happens again at least now you know you will care so control your actions and your mouth.”
The siblings were outdone! “How did this happen Mommy?” they asked. My response “Grace stepped in.”
I just wanted to share with you this morning that God’s Grace has stepped into your life. Yes, you have been disobedient in so many ways. Yes, you have disregarded the consequences for sinful choices. Yet, you know you don’t want to forgo the blessings of God. You know He desires to give you His absolute best, if only you would repent and turn from your ways that are not pleasing to Him. And you must!
Even though those around you will say you deserve the punishment due you, God is waiting to forgive you. He desires that none shall perish, and sent His Son so that we might all have life AND life more abundantly. Will you ask Him sincerely from your heart to forgive you? I’ll give you a moment…
Yay!!!! If you just did, guess what?! YOU ARE FORGIVEN. I’m so happy for you!
Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? – Romans 6:1 (NLT)
Of course not! Let uss pray for the Holy Spirit to come into your heart and help you to walk with God forevermore. He has soooo much more in store for you! Everlasting life, a blessed life on earth, and yes, ice cream. ☺️