Thursday, April 2, 2015

Kids With a Reputation Taking Pride in Being Able to Make Good Choices

He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.  Proverbs, Chapter 25, verse 28.

I would get kids through the years, which had a “reputation” for not being in control of their behavior choices.  I think they had been “out of control” for so many years that they thought they’d always be this way and so did some of their families.
After developing a bond with these students, they were more open to following the classroom rules and guidelines.  I tried to help them see the improvements they were making to be more “in control” of their actions and choices.  At first, they were reluctant to believe that they were capable of this, trying to revert back to old, comfortable ways.  After time and continued support to “be the best they could be,” they eventually started noticing that they were making more and more good choices and were thinking about the consequences of their poor choices more than they ever had.
It was exciting to see these same children leave my class at the end of the year, taking pride in their ability to be “in control” of their lives and choices.  They were better able to bounce back when things didn’t go the way they wanted.  They left with confidence, which is a distinct contrast from the student who had that reputation of “being out of control.”

What a difference consistent parameters make in their lives.  Ideally, all families would provide their children with consistent, appropriate rules, not changing them at whim.  This would help their children grow up learning to feel “in control” of their actions rather than becoming someone without rule over his own spirit.

Because this is an example of how I’ve applied this Bible passage to my life, it doesn't necessarily reflect the whole meaning of the passage.

This is a connection I've made from this Bible passage. Please share your connections. 
Please click on comments below to share your suggestions. Thanks! Debbie

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