Early one morning, my 2-year-old daughter, Alexandra, was begging her dad for some jelly beans. "Let's wait until after lunch to eat the jelly beans," he suggested. My husband proceeded to ask her if she wanted toast or cereal for breakfast. Quite upset, Alexandra responded, "No, no, no! I don't want toast or cereal. I want lunch!"
—Barbara K., "Life in Our House," Christian Parenting Today, Vol. 13, no. 4.
Proverbs 25:15 (TEV) Patient persuasion can break down the strongest resistance and can even convince rulers.
Matthew 7:9-11 (TEV) 9 Would any of you who are fathers give your son a stone when he asks for bread? 10 Or would you give him a snake when he asks for a fish? 11 As bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
1 Corinthians 3:1-2 (TEV) 1 As a matter of fact, my friends, I could not talk to you as I talk to people who have the Spirit; I had to talk to you as though you belonged to this world, as children in the Christian faith. 2 I had to feed you milk, not solid food, because you were not ready for it. And even now you are not ready for it.
Today's Best Illustrations – Volume 5, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "IMPATIENCE".