Praying They Will Get Caught


Two days after I received my driver’s license on my sixteenth birthday, my dad’s buddy made me a bet. He bet that I would get a traffic ticket during the next six months. Now I readily accepted that bet, not because I was a safe driver, but because I knew both cops in our small town…and most of all, I was sneaky. The next week I got pulled over. I know what you’re thinking, bet over. But I talked my way out of it. The same thing happened on the way home from the Junior/Senior Prom. In fact, it happened a total of five times in the first five months I had my license. It got to the point that the two cops in town simply wagged their finger at me through the windshield. But one day after school, I was flying down the road in my old Ford truck and rounded the corner to meet a Texas Highway Patrolman. “Houston, we have a problem.” That day I lost the bet seven times over. That is, the officer wrote me seven separate tickets during that one traffic stop.

Proverbs 3:11-12 tells us, “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.”

Our kids are going to make mistakes—period. The question is how we treat the mistakes when they arise. Sin left unrevealed is allowed to grow into something that is far more substantial and can carry with it life-changing consequences. Are we going to pray in advance that our kids get caught? When they do, are we going to set aside our own personal anger or embarrassment for the unique opportunity to train our kids?

Hebrews 12:5-6 is a great reminder of what our attitude should be, ““My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”

Great parents consistently seize every opportunity to train their kids. They pray for their kids to get caught when they do something wrong. They seize the opportunity when it happens. And I believe in doing so, they prevent more heartache for themselves and their kids.

Noted 19th Century Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson once said, “Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.” The question is whether or not we get one traffic ticket or seven.


Until next time…


About Jeffrey D. Potts, Ed.D.

Raised on a ranch in the Texas Hill Country, Jeff Potts, Ed.D., grew up learning the importance of hard work and family values. A graduate of Baylor University, he has master’s degrees from two universities and earned his Ed.D. in teaching and learning from a fourth institution. Potts launched his pedagogical career in the 1990s, working full-time with students and parents. READ MORE→