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.
About the author:
William P. Smith, MDiv, PhD, is the director of counseling at Chelten Baptist Church, Dresher, Pa., the author of Loving Well (Even If You Haven't Been) and Caught Off Guard: Encounters with the Unexpected God; and the minibooks How Do I Stop Losing It with My Children?; How to Love Difficult People; Should We Get Married?; Starting Over; When Bad Things Happen; and Who Should I Date? He and his wife Sally have three children. For more information about William P. Smith visit surprisedbygod.com.