Delight in Discipline

Correct your son, and he will give you comfort;
He will also give delight to your soul.
Proverbs 29: 17 (NASB)

You’re released from lunch, you drop off your lunch kit at the classroom, and you watch the rest of your class walk back to the Pavilion, but you must stay behind. Instead of frolicking through the fields with your friends, you have been given courtyard service. Mrs. Collins uses courtyard service to discipline you when you show that you need a reminder of proper servant-like behavior, not to just punish you. But who enjoys having to do work when everyone else gets to play out at recess? Part of the job of parents is to raise and discipline their children according to the truths of the Bible. But why?

Is discipline even necessary? With no discipline, everyone gets to do whatever they want to without any consequence, and there is no authority over anyone. This is called anarchy. Discipline is to protect and discourage us from whatever damage we are causing or are about to cause to ourselves or to others. Although it may seem hurtful or mean at first, it is actually to protect you and others from greater pain and danger.

Hebrews 12:11 says that discipline, at the moment, seems mean and hurtful, but being trained by discipline reaps the fruit of righteousness. In an economics book the 12th graders are reading, the author speaks of poor economists seeing the direct effects of an action to one group of people, while good economists see those effects and the indirect effects to more than just one group of people. This mindset is similar when looking at discipline. We often only see the direct effects against us; the pain from the discipline given to us. We don’t always think about the future effect for ourselves and others. We only think about what we wanted to do right then.

Discipline is important because it protects everyone, therefore it is not something we should hate. It is something that we should rejoice in! Discipline from our parents does not mean that they do not like us, or that they are just being mean to us. On the contrary! It means that they have vast love for us. Proverbs 3:11-12 says, “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.” (RSV)

Discipline is a sign of love! It means that our parents love us so much that they will stop us from hurting others and ourselves. This verse also means that the creator of the universe cares enough about us that He will put us on paths that do not lead to pain and destruction.

Discipline is not a burden, rather, it is a privilege. We do not have to be disciplined, but we get to be disciplined. Discipline builds and shapes us more into the image of Christ. It shows us how greatly we are loved, and we should take joy in being redirected from harmful paths. Rather than being angry at receiving discipline, we ought to be thankful for and comforted in knowing that we have others working for our good.

As part of their training in Rhetoric, our students in grades ten and up are required to develop and present a brief presentation to the school body during Chapel with guidance from their instructors and school curriculum. Each student presentation must be understandable and relevant to all age groups. Sowing seeds of rhetoric training by requiring them speak to all age levels has yielded a harvest for all to enjoy.

This week’s Chapel presentation was given by Daniel, one of our twelfth grade students (pictured above).