11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. (NIV)
Probably a bit challenge you will face is the “car conversation”. You will be taking away a privilege so it is a form of discipline, with love and caring. There comes a point when it is not longer safe for your loved one to be behind the wheel. This will be very painful for both of you. Perhaps you will physically have to remove the keys. Remember what a huge deal it was to get your license?
They are losing their independence. Their frustration may be released as anger at you. Remember that you lose some freedom too. You either have to arrange transportation or become the taxi driver yourself. It is another step on this road of commitment to be a caregiver.
Notice the gain. Once the difficult deed is done, peace. Maybe not right away. Be prepared for a lingering, “I wish I still had my own car” comment. But everyone who accepts the facts of the matter reaches peace of mind.
Father, it is hard to take away a freedom. To come and go at will. I feel like the parent punishing my child. Thank You for sending us Your peace over this tension. In Jesus name I pray, amen