Proverbs 15:4 (LB), "Gentle words cause life and health."
Ephesians 4:2 (LB), "Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each others faults because of your love."
When someone doesn't meet your expectations, when someone disappoints you, are you a raving wind that comes in and starts blowing everyone around, an earthquake that starts shaking people up, a consuming fire that rages all over everybody, or do you respond in a gentle whisper, with gentleness? There's power in gentleness. It gets people's attention. Gentle people have their expectations under GOD's control.
Dads, don't be harsh with your children. As a parent I think this is the hardest things to do. When your kids don't do what you think they should do, it's hard to be gentle with them. But it will destroy their soul if you're not. We need to be gentle, not judgmental.
Just a thought from the front porch…