Parenting Tips

Who knew that Jesus could be a parenting coach? As a parent, you do a lot of correcting, disciplining, and forming of your children. Sometimes, a situation calls for a strong response, and sometimes a very gentle one. As I was reading today, I recognized some parenting techniques in Jesus’ handling of the disciples. In this one, Jesus has just told them that He will be killed, and then rise again. The disciples are too afraid to ask about it, so they move on to arguing about who is the greatest among them. As they come to a house, Jesus finally addresses it. “What were you talking about?”  (Parent trick #1, let them tell you what you already know.) The answer? …. Silence. (Parent trick #2, go ahead and address what everyone knows you know.) He doesn’t yell at them, and He doesn’t get angry. He just shows them that they have it completely backwards. You want to be greatest? You need to be as the least one among you. You need to serve the rest. I told you how to be greatest before you even started arguing. I’m going to die for you. End of discussion. (Parent trick #3, know when to leave it alone)

He was teaching his disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men and they will kill him, and three days after his death he will rise.” But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to question him. They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house, he began to ask them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they remained silent. They had been discussing among themselves on the way who was the greatest. Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.” (Mark 9:31-35)


About Karen May

Child of God, wife, mom, author, teacher, musician
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