Summary: We want to be a disciplined people, and we want to be wary of the destructive evils that we find so easy to embrace. Discipline is like a ladder that slowly leads us upward; foolishness is a chute that can make us drop quickly.
Chutes and Ladders
1.These are actual complaints received from dissatisfied customers by Thomas Cook Vacations (based on a Thomas Cook/ABTA survey):
a. "It's lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallarta to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during 'siesta' time -- this should be banned."
b. "On my holiday to Goa in India , I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don't like spicy food."
c. "We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our own swimsuits and towels. We assumed it would be included in the price."
d. "The beach was too sandy. We had to clean everything when we returned to our room." "We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as white but it was more yellow."
e. "No one told us there would be fish in the water. The children were scared."
f. "We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish." [huffingtonpost.com]
2. People today are like people of all times in some ways, but different than previous generations in other ways. Aimlessness and shabby thinking have always been part of society, but it seems like the ratio of aimless people who are not very wise is greater than it once was. One word that describes this is “feckless.” It is defined as, “lacking initiative or strength of character; irresponsible.”
3. The trend is that many people no longer know whether they are male or female. Christian leaders are catering to ignorance and exchanging deep doctrine for Espresso. Christian social statistics are no different from that of the world.
4. What has taken so long to build — a solid Biblical Christianity in the US and UK — has taken so little time to crash. When I was a child, one of my favorite games was “Chutes and Ladders.” So much of life is just like that game.
Main Idea: We want to be a disciplined people, and we want to be wary of the destructive evils that we find so easy to embrace. Discipline is like a ladder that slowly leads us upward; foolishness is a chute that can make us drop quickly.
I. The Blessings of the LADDER: Fruit of A Disciplined Life (15-16,18, 22-26)
This is what godly parents dream of for their children…never guaranteed
The ideal: parental discipline gives way to self-discipline (balanced)
A. A wise HEART (15a)
1. Distinction between heart and mind is western
2. Wisdom shows itself in reasoning with God’s standards and doing His will
Kiel and Delitzsch comment, “Wisdom is inborn in no one. A true Arabic proverb says, ‘The wise knows how the fool feels, for he himself was also once a fool;’… The second part of the saying is, ‘But a fool knows not how a wise man feels, for he has never been a wise man.’”
The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.
B. Glad PARENTS (15b, 22-25)