“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea." Mark 9:4
I used to read this verse and think it was a warning to child abusers. But as I've grown as a Christian and had some children, I'm beginning to see this verse in a whole new light.
Early in my mothering days I used to get pretty frustrated when one of my children would throw a tantrum. It didn't matter if it was past nap time, or past lunch time, in my mind they were disobeying. And then one day I was reading in Mark, and my eyes fell upon the word cause. Whoever causes. I realized that most of the time one of my kids threw a tantrum, or was being particularly defiant, it was almost always a result of poor planning on my part.
But realizing this has shown me how important it is to keep my children's schedule in mind when I plan things or have to run errands. And when it absolutely cannot be helped, I am reminded to show grace and mercy to my children, instead of having unrealistic expectations.
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