This morning I read Philippians three. The first verse reads, “Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you.” Paul is using repetition to strengthen the Philippians.
Just as Paul used repetition as a “safeguard” for his friends, so we can with our children. A safeguard is: To insure the safety of; protect. . Every time we repeat a principle to our children we are insuring their safety and protecting them.
What a great perspective, looking at each repetition as instilling protection for our child verses growing weary from how long they are taking to catch on.
With this new outlook on repetition, let us also take on Paul’s attitude of, “It is no trouble for me to” say “the same things to you again.” I am certain Paul was tempted to be frustrated with people’s slowness to learn, just as we are tempted as parents. Yet, he chose to repeat with a good attitude and we can too.