Mickey Connolly reminds us that even those things we might perceive as setbacks can be used by God to advance the gospel!
We often tend to think of the academic or practical sides of instructing our children: Get 'em into college so they can get a good job, right? That's important, but above these critical areas, "the chief end of every Christian parent must be the spiritual interests, the religious character, and eternal salvation of his children" (John Angell James). Teaching our children about the character of God inspires obedience, worship, and faith in Him; teaching them about the gospel brings salvation to the lost and gives life and hope to the Christian each day.
Like instruction, disciplining your children—admonishing or calling them to soundness of mind and self-control—changes as your child grows. Whatever their age, however, the goal of discipline is ultimately the godliness and welfare of your child. We discipline our children out of love and affection, not hatred or anger. Proverbs 29:15 says, “The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.” Mickey gives excellent instruction about what this does and does not mean.