Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
What comes to mind when you hear the word “training?” Do you immediately think of training for a sporting activity? Do you think about hard work and the dedication that will be necessary to achieve the potential of who you want to be and become?
In Proverbs, God says to, “Train a child in the way he should go.” He gave us a game plan in his Word. Teaching a child from an early age, right and wrong, means that as he or she grows older, they will remember those instructions. If they are repeated and instilled, they will not be forgotten.
Children will learn and copy the actions that they see before them. Part of training means that we model our actions of those we want to be like. Being a leader means that you are watched. It means that all eyes are on you. Training a child means showing them how to live their lives in a God pleasing way. It means showing, not just telling.
Maybe you didn’t grow up in a Christian household. Maybe you learned later on in life what it means to be a Christian. That’s okay! In this verse it says, “and when he is old he will not turn from it.” It doesn’t matter when you started. It doesn’t matter that your training started when you were 39, 40, 80 years old. Once you know about Christ’s love for you, it changes your lifestyle. It changes what you say, do, and think.
Training can start now. Whether it’s our pastors, friends, coworkers, or extended family that show us what it means to live for Christ, we are all training. That does not stop. We can be 100, and God still has a plan for us. He is still showing us how to witness and be his child. We are all children of God. It is such a blessing and a privilege to know him. To be able to live for him day after day. So, children, listen to everyone, and respect those around you who are trying to train you in God’s ways. They want to see you in heaven. That is the ultimate reason we train.
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Onward, then, without despairing!
Calm we follow at his Word,
Thus through joy and sorrow bearing
Faithful witness to our Lord.
Dear God, Thank you for giving us the tools to train children, and those around you who may not know you yet. Give us the words to teach and patience when things get tough. Thank you for showing your love to us each and every day. Amen.
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