BAM MOVEMENT Monthly Inspirational Blog
Teachings & Discipline
By BreAnn Robinson
As we approach Father’s Day let’t reflect on the disciplines our fathers or father-figures taught us. And while we do that lets not forget the teachings our mothers provided to us in order to understand those disciplines. With the sun shining so bright during this glorious month, I consider the bible verse that my grandmother use to always say, “From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised.”~Psalm 113:3. It wasn’t until her last days that I truly begin to understand what this meant. She was telling me to praise the Lord for my parents. He created them in his image and even though I didn’t understand the discipline my father was giving and some of the teachings my mother were imposing, I needed to understand that the Lord was being praised in those moments. That my parents were being led by the Almighty.
Now as a parent of two sons, those disciplines and teachings are shining through me. It demonstrates my respect and protection of what my parents instilled in me that derived from the Almighty.
As adults, some tend to think that we should not follow the ways our parents and that now since we are “grown” we don’t have to respect and protect. But I’m here to say the latter. We should now, more than ever respect and protect our parents. Our father’s provided disciplines that led us to be strong individuals and know how to work through trials of this society. While our mother taught us teachings of love and spoken words to be able to effectively communicate with the world.
During these trying times in our nation we need those disciplines and teachings and if we are not respecting and protecting them they will be forever lost. Which in turn leads us to accept and believe anything society throws at us. Are you protecting and respecting your family values?
One of my favorite quotes on family values is by Barbara Bush and she says,“To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.” That’s so important. And that’s why respecting and protecting those teaching and disciplines of our parents are so important.
Take this time right now to think of somethting that may have made you upset, angry, frustrated, or even disappointed. How did you respond? As you think on this I want to share how I use a discipline from father to help me deal with frustrating times. When I was younger I use to get so angry when my brothers called me a nerd or a “goodie to shoes”. It also hurt my feelings, but my father would come and calm me down and just hug me. He would tell me “don’t ever shy away from your gifts that GOD has given you. Everyone won’t agree or understand what your purpose is and might even be mean to you. But take that as fuel; let it fill you up and push forward.”
It always made me feel better hearing those words and getting that hug. He had a way with his words. And to this day I reflect on that when I’m feeling sad or mad about people not understanding why I do what I do. I also say the exact same saying to my sons; more so my son that has Autism. Without the respect and protection of my parents disciplines and teaches I wouldn’t be where.
Furthermore, I say mediate on those positive disciplines and teachings your father and motther gave you. Apply them to your daily life. Uphold those family values and stay true to yourself. For Proverbs 1: 8,9 say “My son, listen to your father’s discipline, and do not neglect your mother’s teachings, because discipline and teachings are a graceful garland on your head and a golden chain around your neck.” Our parents are precious gems that we should forever love, respect and protect.
For those that might did not have parents that created family values, consider this, create positive thoughts about your grandparents, aunts or uncles. Anyone that were a posittvee influence. Express your gratitude to them and talk to them constantly.
“Love your parents and treat them with loving care. For you will only know their value when you see their empty chair.”
This will not only help you, but you will create a culture of family vaules for your own family. Since June is Father’s Day month, take the time to love hard on you father or father-figure. Show him that you appreciate him. I say to you “what a father says to his children is not heard by the world, but it will be heard by posterity.”
Sending you positive vibes!! Peace, love and the grace of God!!
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