This morning the boys were very quiet. Maybe my talk with them last night had a little bit to do with it. After breakfast, the boys did their chores and settled down in the sala. I read Hebrews 12:7-11, “Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in His holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
I said, “We have had this talk before and it probably will not be the last. Sometimes we have to be reminded of why we are disciplined. I know I am tough on all of you, but it is necessary. We desire that all of you grow into godly young men who desire to please the Lord and not yourself. Discipline is for your good, not because I get joy out of it. I prefer to bless you than discipline you, yet in reality, discipline is a blessing. You may not think so, but you will be stronger and be able to prevent and overcome future problems.
“Discipline isn’t punishment; it is training. When we hear the word ‘discipline’ and think only of punishment then we don’t understand how it applies to our faith, hope and love. With discipline, our faith is genuine, our hope is living and our love is inexpressible.
“1 Peter 1:3-9, ‘Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.’
“Three things will last forever: faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love. We love because He first loved us. Let your heart be a wick and His love, the flame. Let your light shine in a world of darkness so people will see…here in the dorm, at school and wherever you may be. A preacher named D.L. Moody said, ‘Remember, a small light will do a great deal when it is in a very dark place.’ You can make a difference.”
Our boys had a surprise VBS this morning with the North Carolina group. A pleasant surprise. How beautiful are their feet?
In the afternoon, I took the boys over to the school field, and they played soccer. Well, most of them. The lucky few got to help me do weeding around the flagpole.
We had our leader meal tonight. They liked the baked spaghetti so much last week, I decided to have it again. If they like it again tonight, three times the charm…maybe.
Lee and Candy