When the going gets tough, the tough buy books. That's why, after a rough Monday, I bought a new version of Amy Knapp's Family Organizer. I bought my first one last year and have thoroughly enjoyed the layout as well as the perforated sections that make great grocery lists and bookmarks. This year, I decided to buy the "Christian" family organizer. (Which makes me ask if there's a pagan one, but that's another post for another day.)
As I was transferring data, I came across the verse for the week of September 30:
Endure hardships as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?
Somewhere deep in the recesses of my brain, I'm trying to make a connection between bad things and "discipline," but we were also taught that it rains on the just and the unjust. So, is there a way to think that "hardships" are a way of discipline, or does that veer too closely to an idea of an angry Old Testament God who smites the wicked? (That can be a rhetorical question, BTW.)
If you have a thought, feel free to express it. I'll be back to something less than philosophical tomorrow. : )