Post by Ken Schmidt

Disclaimer:  I am going to brag about my godly and lovely wife.  With joy!

2 Cor 10:5 speaks of taking every thought captive to obey Christ, and Ephesians 5:15-16 challenges us to make the best use of our time.  My wife has an amazing gift of discernment.  So often we think of discernment in terms of making a wise decision or choice.  Kim’s discernment consists of this facet and more.  The discernment that I love in my wife is  the way she is able to examine the details of life and understand and explain the gospel implications.

An example of this discernment applied in everyday life happened last evening.  She attended a coupon seminar.  In the midst of this seminar, the leader told them that it is best to leave your children home when grocery shopping.  Enter Kim’s discernment.  She takes our boys grocery shopping with her.  Because it is easier? NO!  She takes them grocery shopping because it is an opportunity (i.e. a chance to redeem our time with our boys) to teach the boys about self-discipline.  We can’t afford to have every food or treat we want.  We must plan or discipline ourselves (budget, shopping list) to use the resources God has given us. 

It is taking root.  Last week, I asked our 4-year old to make sure that a jar of pickles ended up in the cart.  He said to me in a very serious tone:  “Daddy, pickles are not on mommy’s list.  If it is not on mommy’s list, we don’t get it.”  He is learning self-discipline!  The gospel teaches self-discipline.  The gospel says seek to make every thought captive to obey Christ.  We are seeking to instill in our boys a love for and obedience to the gospel.  Kim’s gift of discernment is helping us as gospeling parents to see and seize every opportunity to gospel our children.

I thank the Lord for giving me a wife who sees and seizes opportunities (and not run from them because it makes it more difficult) to gospel our children.