Take 1: “Give Me Self-Control” from the “To Be Like Jesus” album. Children often lack self-control: they speak before they think, they act before they consider the consequences. Then again, so do 34-year-old men.
Take 2: “Lazy Bones”, from the newest kids’ album, “Walking With the Wise” (this one is available for free download at this link). O, the time and resources I have sinfully wasted in my lifetime due to laziness! The character Lazy Bones from this song could literally describe my sinful tendencies. I’ve thought and done many of the sluggish things that this song describes.
In the scheme of parenting, I find it interesting that the topics of instruction and discipline for my own children are the very same things that God our Father is working through with me. There is no room for self-righteousness. The moment I begin to address one of my children’s sinful attitudes or behaviors, I am probably within mere hours of committing the same offense in the sight of my Father, but on an adult scale. The tantrums of a 2-year-old, the deceitful tactics of a 6 or 7-year-old, or even the arching-back anger of a 9-month-old each find expression in my own attitudes and behaviors. I need the same medicine that I regularly dish out to my kids. How about you?