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THE POWER OF A SYMBOL
I want to talk to you today about symbols. A symbol is an object that has meaning attached to it, but it is also a great tool in the parent’s tool belt.
Like everyone that has ever been born, as a child, I would occasionally do something that deserved to be punished. I would fight with my sister, get in trouble at school, talk back to my parents, etc... and the consequence was always the same...the Paddle (cue dramatic music). I'm sure you know what the Paddle is or had a variation of it yourself, but for those of you that are unaware, the Paddle was a wooden plank. But not just any wooden plank. This was a special wooden plank that was painted pink on one side and blue on the other with mine and my sister's names printed on either side. It sounds like a good thing. After all, it's just a pink and blue painted plank of wood, wouldn't some even potentially call that art? It only took a few times of being punished with the Paddle to realize, "Hey, this isn't art at all and I don't like that paddle thing!"
Eventually, just the presence of the Paddle was intimidating enough to stop bad behavior. My parents would threaten, "Don't make me use the Paddle!" and that was enough to stop most bad behavior in its tracks.
It wasn't the Paddle that was feared, it was what it represented: punishment.
The Paddle became a symbol which functioned as a deterrent to bad behavior.
In Deuteronomy 6, Moses tells the Israelites to surround themselves with symbols that remind them of the goodness and consistency of God. He tells them to talk about God's commands when they get up and when they lie down, write it on the doorposts of their houses, even tie the written word to their hands and foreheads!