We are all leaders. Some of us lead many people, some just a few, but we are all leading. Anyone who is a parent, or who was parented knows this. Kids do what their parents do, good or bad. The first time your kid swears it hits you: they learned that from listening to me. Their facial expressions, the way they eat and talk, they learn it from you, if you are around.
Being a good leader requires doing the right thing, learning from mistakes and doing it consistently. This part of learning from mistakes falls under the heading of discipline. We all know kids who were disciplined, but they didn’t change their behavior. They repeat the same mistakes over and over again. Perhaps we are that kid. Perhaps we are that adult! Discipline should be measured so that the pain fits the crime, both in content and in severity. If they didn’t clean their room, cleaning should be the discipline. All other fun activities are taken away until the cleaning gets done, and done to standard.
When we learn from discipline we are choosing life. The quality of life is determined by our choices. And the life that matters is not the physical beating of our hearts and brain waves, but a connection to the eternal God. This life lasts beyond physical death. In fact, it is the only thing that matters.
When we ignore discipline’s lessons, we choose to separate ourselves from God and from others.
What choice are you making when discipline comes?