The question was never whether or not your child would get into trouble. The real question was whether or not you would get the chance to respond. Right now you have that chance!
William P. Smith explains that your child's trouble is a God-ordained opportunity for you to pursue a bigger goal than raising a child who behaves. Right now you can demonstrate what God's kindness and grace looks and feels like. By applying biblical principles as you respond, you can help your child to experience the life-changing reality of God's perfect love in the midst of personal failure.
William P. Smith, MDiv, PhD, is a pastor and director of the community counseling center at Chelten Baptist Church, Dresher, Pennsylvania. He has authored the books Loving Well (Even When You Haven't Been) and Caught Off Guard: Encounters with the Unexpected God as well as numerous minibooks including How Do I Stop Losing It with My Kids? and How to Love Difficult People. Bill is regularly invited to speak at other churches and lead weekend retreats. He and his wife Sally are the parents of three very active children.
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