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Proverbs 22:6

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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Children have a special 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 Sunday school teachers or youth leaders. 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 talking about 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 and said, “I’ve decided to spend more time with my children. See how you can fit them into my schedule.”
The writer of Proverbs saw it quite differently. He very clearly stated that we are to, “Train up a child in the way he should go,” and in keeping with his individual gifts “and he will not depart from them.” God has given each child a particular set of skills or gifts or abilities that are in keeping with the plan He has for their life. Parents and Christian leaders are responsible to God to recognize the potential and future that He has “locked-up” within each child.
Parents and Christian leaders are obligated to God to “train” children to fulfill the plans He has for them. We are accountable to Him to follow His directions.
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. Burden us to work with You to save them. 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.
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.
Sad to say, some Christians take great pleasure in doing the work of God. They establish themselves as judge, jury and executioner. Finding a verse of Scripture that supports their need to condemn others, they often take it out of context, violate the meaning God instilled in its correct interpretation, and use their interpretation of it to embarrass and harass others.

Perhaps no other verse has been more misaligned than Solomon’s admonishment to parents: “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Is this verse a guarantee or a guide?

Some scholars believe that to “train a child” begins with the parents dedicating the child to God. This may have its roots in a formal or informal ceremony in the life of the family when a child and the parenting of the child were absolutely consecrated to the Lord. The “training” of the child was to be God-centered and God-honoring that would develop the skills and talents that God gave the child to love, worship, honor and serve the Lord. The child was to be trained not only intellectually but by the words and behavior of the parents. They were to be examples of who the child was to become and what the child could do with their lives by encouraging the child to find God’s will and way for their life! Children are taught that “humility and fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” and will lead to a life that pleases God.

But what if parents follow this plan and the child turns from God? We come back to the fact that parents are responsible to do as God commands. Parents must be obedient and faithful to God and live consistent Christ-filled lives. If children see that “it” works for their parents, they know it will work for them.

Prayer:  Enable us who are parents, Lord, to be loving, understanding, worshiping, consistent, obedient and humble examples. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Proverbs 22:6 Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

Children have a special 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 Sunday school teacher or youth leaders. 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 talking about 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 and said, “I’ve decided to spend more time with my children. See how you can fit them into my schedule.”

The writer of Proverbs saw it quite differently. He very clearly stated that we are to, “Train up a child in the way he should go,” and in keeping with his individual gifts “and he will not depart from them.” God has given each child a particular set of skills or gifts or abilities that are in keeping with the plan He has for their life.

Parents and Christian leaders are responsible to God to recognize the potential and future that He has “locked-up” within that child. Parents and Christian leaders are obligated to God to “train” children to fulfill the plans He has for them. We are obligated to Him to follow His directions.

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. Burden us to work with You to save them. 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.