Monday, April 26, 2010

Cup or Glass?

Yesterday one of our pastors and his wife spoke to our Sunday School class on "Kingdom Parenting." Wow! I learned enough for weeks of blog posts, but the very most simple and wonderful thing that we learned was from the illustration of a cup and a glass. 
Our pastor told the story of finding his daughter crying her eyes out. After a frustrating time of trying to get her to stop crying, he brought in a cup and a glass. He made her tell him what they both were for (drinking) and then he threw the styrofoam cup against the wall. It floated to the wall, bounced off, and landed unharmed on the carpet. He then began to throw the glass against the wall as well. His daughter quit crying and stopped him. She knew that the glass would have shattered if it had hit the wall.
He asked her, "Is the cup better than the glass?" He made her repeat her "No!" until she was nearly shouting it. Then he told her that both she and her daddy were glasses. Rough things in life hurt them more than some. Her oldest brother, he explained, was a cup. He was the one you wanted to call in a tough situation because he wouldn't be nearly as bothered by it.
Wow! What a revelation! Here at our house we have a cup and two glasses. You can tell this so easily! The whole point for the illustration was to explain to us, that though discipline and treatment of your kids needs to be consistent and fair, it is not always the same. It is easy to see that you would handle disciplining a cup much differently from disciplining a glass. This is why when I tell my youngest, "No!" in a firm tone, she cries for a ten minute stretch. This is why the boy will sometimes raise a howl that will communicate, "I'm dying!" after his older sister has hurt his feelings. So much is explained by a simple cup and glass.
Stay tuned for more from this "Kingdom Parenting" series that our Sunday School class is doing.


  1. Very interesting and so true.

    Thank you for sharing!

  2. Interesting, Olivia! Thanks for visiting my blog the other day and for commenting. I've tried, not too long ago, to post a comment on your blog but it wouldn't/won't let me. I think it's because I'm trying to go through my wordpress blog account and for some reason it doesn't recognize it. I'll try through my Google account - that should work.

  3. wow that's a great comparison! Thanks for sharing...