Welcome to another edition of the LKP Treasure Trove
Does it upset you when someone tells you something to correct your behavior? Well, discipline is a way to get us to stay in line with the things that please Yah. So we shouldn’t reject righteous discipline because it keeps us on the right path. While it doesn’t always feel good to receive discipline, taking correction helps to improve who we are as servants of the Most High and citizens of his Kingdom. In today’s story, a young girl named Kendra will learn this firsthand.
Don’t Reject Discipline
Kendra struggled to open her eyes when she heard noises coming from the kitchen. Her parents had woken up before her yet again. She threw off her covers and slowly sat up, rubbing the sleep out of her eyes. There was a sudden dull pain in her left shoulder, and when she tried to rotate her arm, the pain sharpened.
“Ouch,” she said, as she relaxed her arm. Kendra got out of bed and made her way downstairs to the kitchen.
Her dad was the first to spot her. “Well, good morning, bright eyes,” he said, reaching out for a hug. He noticed the look on Kendra’s face and her slow movements when she leaned in for a hug. “What’s the matter with you this morning, sweets?”
Her mom stopped mixing her pancake batter and looked over at her husband and daughter. “Is everything all right?”
“My shoulder really hurts,” Kendra whined.
Her dad was the resident masseur, a French word that meant a man who gave massages.
Dad made a sympathetic face, placed a hand on Kendra’s shoulder, and he felt around for any tightness. “Is it here that hurts?” he asked when he felt a little knot.
Kendra winced and jerked her shoulder, “Ouch. Yes. That’s it. But go easy dad.”
“Okay, sweetie,” Dad said, as he began a slow and gentle massage. “How does this feel?”
Kendra smiled. “That feels great, Dad.”
Mom went back to mixing her batter and said, “You know, when I told you not to lift that heavy bag at the market yesterday, you didn’t listen. And you even got upset when I disciplined you. You don’t take discipline very well, Kendra, and because you refused to listen now your shoulder hurts.”
Kendra’s face saddened. “I’m . . . I’m sorry, mom.”
“A thought just occurred to me,” Dad said, continuing his slow, steady massage. “You love getting massages, don’t you, sweets?”
Kendra nodded and smiled again. “I do.”
“Well, a massage is the way to work out the tension in parts of the body to relieve pain. In other words, it makes things better because it helps your body function the way it’s supposed to. Well, discipline from your parents, or from Yah, is no different. It’s like a massage, which feels painful at first but eventually brings relief because it corrects the problem in your spiritual body.”
“I think I get it, dad,” Kendra said. “I’ll try to remember that the next time you guys correct me.”
NOW, WHAT ABOUT YOU?
Are you going to accept discipline the next time someone says something to correct your behavior? Today’s Scripture Treasure reminds us that we are not to be upset when Yah corrects us. And Yah often corrects us through people. If we learn to love discipline, it will be easier for us to become the children Yah desires to see standing before his throne.