We come into the world as blank slates.
We are pure clouds of emerging beauty floating in a clear sky.
We become what we encounter. Our life molds us into the shape that will define our characters from then on.
We can become a gentle rain that enriches the lives of others or a thundering downpour that destroys everything in its path.
As parents, our duty is to be the mold that will ensure our child’s growth toward the Lord. We equip our children when we train them to love doing good for others.
We rescue them from the raging waters of life.
Proverbs 10:1 gives us our first rescue, the gift of wisdom.
“A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.”
Children can learn to make good choices. As parents, it’s our joy to teach them by our good examples.
Proverbs 28:7 is our second rescue, the gift of rules.
“The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding, but a companion of gluttons shames his father.”
Society is structured to provide safety and opportunity. When we follow the law, our children will benefit from our example.
Proverbs 8:32-22 lays out our third rescue, the gift of God.
“And now, O sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep my ways.”
Without God, all else is a broken string, good for nothing of importance. Our life lived for Jesus will rub off on our children.
No father, no mother wants their children to come to a bad end, to find their pleasure in drugs, gambling, or activities that abuse others. We set the example. We are their guiding hand.
When we introduce our children to God, we get them started on the road to a good life.
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