by Shalom Pearl Brand in No Greater Joy – Reaching the Heart
Editor’s note: While Shalom doesn’t say anywhere in this article what type of punishment is meted out for failure to obey knowing who her father is and his ideas on physically abusing children I think it’s pretty safe to assume that the 1/4 inch plumbing line is alive and well-used in his children’s homes as well. This is the first time I’ve run across anything in the Pearl’s teachings that says that a child that blindly obeys isn’t doing it right. I thought the entire focus of Michael Pearl’s ideas was blind obedience each and every time. What do you think?
All seemed well and fine; I had three obedient children. But when I stepped back and looked at their hearts, I saw that the time and one-on-one training I had given to Gracie had instilled it in to her heart. The other children had surface obedience, learned habits, not obedience of the heart. When I separated Laila from Gracie and gave her a command on her own, she was slower to obey and would ask, “What is Gracie doing? Can Gracie help me?” Parker did the same.
Many parents mistakenly rely on their environment and control to raise good kids.
I asked a father at church, whose children range in age from one to eighteen, if he noticed that the example of the older children caused the younger ones to obey, and, of course, his answer was yes. When you put children in a good environment surrounded by obedience, they will most likely follow in the path of others. But when they are pulled out of the parade and must stand alone, will they still be obedient? This reveals whether their obedience is from the heart or merely from habit.
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