Children have a unique way of spelling love. And it only includes one letter from the word, love. Children spell love: T-I-M-E! They hunger for our companionship more than any other gift we can give them. No amount of toys, pets, gifts, or devices can take the place of parents. Time shared with a child is an opportunity to make a difference in eternity - if the time is God-honoring.
Not long ago, while visiting with an executive, we were discussing the importance of helping children become who God would have them to be. Suddenly, he interrupted our conversation and called his secretary on the intercom. “I’ve decided to spend more time with my children. See how you can fit them into my schedule,” he shouted.
The writer of Proverbs saw it quite differently. He very clearly stated that we are obligated to “Train up a child in the way he or she should go,” and in keeping with the child’s unique gifts. If parents do this, the child will not depart from the teachings of God. Parents are responsible to God to recognize the potential God places in their children and the future that He has “locked-up” within each child. When parents fail to do this, they disobey God.
Parents - and Christian leaders – have an incredible opportunity and are obligated to God to “train” children to fulfill the plans He has for them. We dare not disappoint either.
Prayer: We often cringe, Father, from what we see in the lives of children who do not know You - yet do little to help them. Help us to train them correctly. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
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