21 – Discipline

William was a good father who loved his son, Gerald. Gerald’s mother had passed away recently, and William was struggling to raise his son on his own. He often went out to bars on weekends, hoping to find Gerald a new mother.

One day, William received a call from Gerald’s teacher. The teacher said that Gerald had been misbehaving by name-calling other students. William was shocked and disappointed. He took Gerald home and spanked him, but he also talked to him about the importance of being kind to others.

One evening, William was about to go to the bar with his friends. Gerald didn’t like it when his dad left him at home, but he wanted a new mom. William was about to leave when he had a wave of painful fear come over him. He didn’t know what to do. He cancelled going out with his friends.

On monday, he went to the doctor who referred him to a psychiatrist. The doctor told him he had severe depression. William didn’t know why this was happening to him. After a bad episode, he prayed, “Why God? Why have you allowed this to happen to me?”

After his affliction, William knew that he needed to do better as a father. He started going to therapy to deal with his grief and depression. He also started spending more time with Gerald and helping him with his schoolwork.

One month later, William was having coffee with a woman he had met at church. They hit it off, and they started dating. William was finally starting to feel like he was getting his life back on track.

He knew that there would be challenges ahead, but he was determined to be the best father he could be. He was grateful for Gerald’s love and support, and he knew that they would get through this together.

“I will discipline you in love, as a father who loves his children.

Proverbs 3:11-12

“Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.

Job 5:17-18

“My displeasure lasts a moment, but My favor is yours for life.”

Psalm 30:5

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