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Galatians 6:9 (NLV) So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

Periodically, my son finds himself on restricted use of his video game console because he doesn’t abide by established free time end-time rules. The following comes from a journal entry he was required to write as a result of his disobedience:

It’s 1:54 PM. I was disobedient by bringing my phone upstairs and staying up later than I should of.  I brought my phone upstairs to finish watching a video. I knew I was staying up too late, so I went to sleep. When I woke up, Mommy was there getting the phone off my bed. That’s when I remembered “I took my phone upstairs and stayed up too late, so I might be suspended”, but I wasn’t.

The consequences for my actions were not being able to do electronics until breakfast, and Mommy picking if I was able to play video games. I understood the consequences because I was disobedient. So, I didn’t sulk for the consequences and would kind of understand if Mommy said no video games.  I learned that this is the last straw and I need to be obedient. Mommy talked to me about there not being only consequences but trust too.

I cannot be disobedient by learning what not to do and then not doing it. So, instead of taking my phone upstairs, I can charge my phone and wait another day to finish the video. I can also instead of staying up later, I can check the time and then get off when it is time. Also, I can turn down my headset so I can hear Mommy call, so she doesn’t have to yell. This is how I can stop being disobedient and have more trust in playing video games with Mommy and Daddy.

How often do we stop to evaluate why we walk in disobedience? I wonder if we endure a lot of heartache because we fail to stop, think, pray, and listen to hear God’s voice. We must be careful to learn the lesson and, in childlike faith, repent and trust that God is willing to forgive us.

PRAYER: Dear Father, thank you for being faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness – if we confess them. May I always do all things to glorify you. In Jesus Name. Amen.

Romans 13:7 (NIV) Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

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