During a lunchtime conversation, a friend said to Samuel Coleridge, the famous poet, “Children should be given a free rein to think and act at an early age, and to make their own decisions.”
“Interesting,” said Coleridge. “Come with me. Let’s visit my flower garden.”
Walking outdoors together they came to a plot of ground that was in complete disarray. They stopped and Coleridge pointed and said, “Look at that.”
“That’s nothing but a bed of weeds,” protested the guest.
“It was a rose garden,” said the poet. “But this year I just let it grow as it willed, and look.”
Children, like gardens, need to be well cared for and nourished, given structure and attention. It is critical that parents accept their responsibility to God as well as their children and provide a nurturing and discerning lifestyle where Christ is always present.
Prayer: Lord, we ask for Your insight, strength and direction as we raise our children to honor You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.