Today’s Scripture: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23

Lorrie was the mother of a 4-year-old girl named Debby. One day, Lorrie put Debby down for a nap. Debby hated naptime. When Lorrie left the room, she cried so loudly the entire neighborhood could hear her! Poor Lorrie didn’t want this screaming to continue, so she made her way back to Debby’s room. Subsequently, Debby whined for a glass of water.

At first, Lorrie firmly told Debby, “No,” but soon Debby resumed screaming and crying. Lorrie reluctantly gave in and went downstairs to the kitchen to fetch a glass of water. When she returned with the water, Debbie refused. She was simply playing games with her mom, and it drove her mom up the wall.

The Bible tells us the reason for our wonderful children’s behavior. Our beautiful bundles of joy are born sinners. All of us were. For this reason, our kids want their own way and will do whatever to get it.

When my daughter Amy was a baby, she would cry and cry; we knew that she didn’t need food, and she wasn’t wet. When we picked her up, immediately she would stop crying. She just wanted her own way.

You never have to teach your children how to lie, and you never have to teach them how to have a bad temper. These come naturally. We are all born sinners; if you want to raise your children right, you must come to grips with this truth.

In order to raise our children correctly, we need to train them not to be rebellious. Rebellion comes naturally, and it is our responsibility as parents to train them to obey God and us.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.