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Watering the Tulips

12/07/2011

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” - Proverbs 22:6
 

 

My mother has often told me that the most difficult job in the world is raising a child.  She was right.  There are so many factors to consider in every decision that we make with children.  Simply put, our decisions we make every day with our kids mold their future.  Raising a child is not only difficult; it’s a serious undertaking – much more serious than most new parents comprehend.  The old saying rings true, “Any fool can make a baby but it takes a man to be a real father.”  The same can be said of a mother.

Let it be stated plainly, God intended on children having a mother and a father.  Children shouldn’t have to be raised by single parents.  This often cannot be avoided by an innocent spouse because of the actions of the other parent.  However, this was not God’s original design.  God designed children to be raised in the “training and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4) by both parents.  It takes a combined effort of mothers and fathers to properly raise a child.

Proper training must always begin in the home.  Too often these days, we rely on the school system to handle most of the training for our children.  These are the same schools that kicked God out decades ago.  These are the same schools that won’t allow public prayer anymore.  These are the same schools that have sent kids to detention for continuing to tote a Bible with them along with their other textbooks.  Is this “the way [our children]should go”?  Of course not.  I’m not at all suggesting that we are required to home school or even send our children to Christian schools.  Many have done so with great success.  But, the Bible doesn’t require such.  At some point, our children will be sent out into the world and this oftentimes begins with public school.  However, we must train them first at home so they are prepared to handle everything they will be exposed to.

Spiritual training must begin at the home as well.  I’m surely not suggesting that churches don’t play a role in the proper spiritual upbringing of children.  Many churches have forgotten their youth and tossed them aside.  This should never be!  We, as churches, should train our children up in the proper way to approach God; in the proper doctrine; in the proper practice!  Churches need to wrap their hands around the youth and teach them the ways of the Lord.  That having been said, this doesn’t relieve the parents of their duty.  Homes should be a place of spiritual edification.  Fathers and mothers should set Biblical examples for their children.  The Word of God should ever be talked about in the home.  The examples of prayer and thanksgiving should often be witnessed by the children. 

Children of God, let us be mindful of our duty concerning the youth.  The present generation seems to be falling away at a much faster rate than the previous generation.  The fault lies with that previous generation and the one before it.  Let us take this, our duty, seriously and reach out to the younger folks with the truth.  Let us pray that we will be the proper Christ-like examples.

 

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