Every good parent knows that disciplining a child is a very important part of parenting. However, people often have a negative view of discipline because they associate it with punishment and physical abuse. Most parents will tell you that the reality of disciplining a child is much different. On the one hand, it's true that discipline often incorporates punishment to correct disobedient behavior. However, the primary purpose of discipline is to instruct or train your child about appropriate behavior in the home and in society, to properly respond to positive and negative circumstances, to develop coping skills, to understand the difference between right and wrong behavior, and to be able to persevere as they endure life's struggles. The overwhelming majority of these things aren't beaten into a child. On the contrary, discipline is basically teaching, and a parent's primary responsibility is to teach his or her child what is necessary to live a long, healthy, and peaceful life.
Accordingly, a child's home training should touch upon every aspect of life as the child matures, including eating and drinking for the glory of God. However, this discipline seems to have been lost quite some time ago. Most churches no longer teach the biblical principles regarding the body, dieting, or maintaining a healthy lifestyle for the glory of the Lord. Consequently, parents no longer teach their children about the sin of gluttony. Likewise, even secular instructions about eating fruits and vegetables and preparing healthy, home cooked meals are no longer the norm. Instead, people eat out very often, cooking is becoming an archaic art form, and children who demand fast food are given it. And they are suffering because of it.
Children are diagnosed every day with hypertension, anorexia nervosa, Type II diabetes, bulimia nervosa, and even fatty liver disease. Consequently, they are dying from obesity related diseases and complications from eating disorders earlier in life at alarming rates. As a result, this generation is on track to have a shorter lifespan than the ones before it because the parents, their children, and their families are being destroyed from a lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6) and discipline. If you're ready to reclaim the biblical knowledge and disciplines of healthy eating and drinking habits for yourself and your family, register today for the Eating as an Act of Worship Kidz Initiative! Classes for overweight children and their families begin on Tuesday, January 2nd at 6:00 pm CST! The class is FREE! The course can be taken online via Periscope or attended in person at Otter Creek Community Church located at 13000 Quail Run Drive in Little Rock, Arkansas. Visit our website at www.eatingasanactofworshipministries.org to register for the 12-week course. If you’re unable to attend the class, then order your copy of the Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher’s Edition TODAY! In the book, you will learn the biblical principles regarding the body, dieting, exercising, and maintaining a healthy body for the glory of God! As you apply the principles to your life, the Holy Spirit will empower you to lead your children to do the same and succeed where so many others have failed! Order your copy of the Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher’s Edition online NOW at Amazon.com.
Ann Wooten Taylor
Ann is an attorney who has been licensed to practice law in the State of Arkansas since 2004, practicing in the areas of child abuse and neglect, special education, and unemployment insurance law. Mrs. Taylor is also the C.E.O. of Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries and a Christian author. Her first non-fiction, Christian book entitled, "Eating as an Act of Worship Workbook" was published and released by Life to Legacy Publishing in 2015. Her second book, the "Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher's Edition" was published and released in December 2016.