Many are familiar with the old testament teaching which tells us not to withhold correction from a child. “If you beat him with a rod, he will not die.” Prov 23:13
But perhaps a more staunch warning appears in Chapter 19. “Discipline your son while there is hope. Don’t be intent on killing him.” Prov 19:18 The NIV translation reads, “Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death.”
Not only will discipline not kill our children or spoil them…if we choose not to discipline them, we contribute to their death. God does the same for us. “Those whom I love, I rebuke and discipline.” Rev 3:19
There are only two kinds of pain: the pain of discipline and the pain of regret. One leads to victory and an abundant life. The other unfortunately, leads to death. Choose life for your children and your athletes!