Keep Training Up
Posted: Thursday, August 27
2 Corinthians 1:12-2:11
Verse of the day:
Train a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6)
The general truth of this biblical proverb is that if parents take seriously their job to raise their kids morally and godly then their kids will likely follow those ways throughout their lives. The fact that this is not a promise or a guarantee but a proverb puts pressure on us as parents (and others who teach kids) to do the best job we can training them up in the way they should go to increase the chances of the results mentioned above happening.
The training spoken of in this verse, when it says to “train”, is one of dedication. Parents need to be dedicated to raising their kids to love and serve God and follow Christ. The time to start spiritual training is when they are a “child”, not older. Statistics support this saying that 85% present of people who come to know Jesus do so between the ages of 4 and 14. If you haven’t started, the time to start is now regardless of their age. To find “the way he should go” we need to look no further than the rest of God’s Word. That is where we get our teaching and training material from. God’s Word shows us the way we should all go.
As a parent training my child in the way that she should go, there are times when I feel my child is getting it. Yeah! And then there are times when I feel my child is most definitely not getting it. Aargh! Maybe you feel the same way sometimes. The important thing is for us to not give up, but to keep training up even when our child isn’t getting it or when we make mistakes in our parenting.. There are no perfect parents, but we do serve a perfect God who promises to never leave us nor forsake us, including during this journey called parenting. He will help us.