One of the worst parts of parenting is when your discipline of a child ends up feeling like a punishment for you as the parent.
Yesterday Andrew had some trouble being obedient and so I made the decision to not let him play with his best buddy outside that afternoon. It was the only consequence I could think of that might help him focus on making better choices. However yesterday ended up being a beautiful afternoon for playing outside. So, Andrew and I were both stuck inside 'feuding' with one another instead of being outside having fun. It made for a not-so-fun afternoon as you could imagine.
Thinking over the situation today I'm reminded of how my heavenly Father works. He desires to give me god gifts, and yet I remove myself from the place of blessing when I choose to live in ways that go against his desires for my life. In arrogant, selfish foolishness I go my own direction and in doing so I forfeit the things that are best for me. Obedience leads to blessing and joy in God.