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Teach Well

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

As children, we are anxious to grow up. We look forward to everything we perceive as adult, proceeding to the next grade in school, moving up to the next level of sports, driving, dating, and moving away from home. We desire to have all the privileges of adulthood without considering this also means assuming the accompanying responsibilities. Perhaps the biggest fallacy is when all that happens–when we're all grown up and moved out–we forget that we will always be the children of our parents. No matter how old we are, we continue to be an older version of that small child to them.

As parents of young children, we desire the best for them. We teach them right from wrong, to share with others, and by our compassion and love for them, how they should do the same. Most importantly, we teach them about God. We share how he knew them and loved them before they were born. He will be with them in every situation–when they are happy, hurt, and everything in between.

Children learn through observation. When they see us reading the Bible, praying, and showing acts of mercy, they know of God's importance in our lives, and they see his love in action. They are both mimickers of adult role models, but our actions spark their curiosity about God, the world, and their unique place.

All these lessons are never forgotten. Sure, there may be times of rebellion and experimentation. Times that keep parents on their knees in prayer. But what has been learned cannot be unlearned. They understand that God's prevenient grace is with them at all times. As parents, we pray, they will respond to that grace, accepting Christ, and should they have children of their own someday, we pray they will teach the same lessons they were taught.

Most Gracious God, we thank you for the love you show us. We know your boundless compassion, mercy, and forgiveness. Please help us as parents to teach our children these same things. May our lives be an example of your love. As our children grow and leave, may they recall your goodness and that you are with them in every season, those times of celebration, and the difficult times. In times of trouble, may they turn to you with the confidence of knowing you are their God and they are your children. Amen.


Pastor Tim

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