"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." - Proverbs 22:6 NIV
Thoughts for Today
Consistent teaching and training while our children are young can help prepare them for whatever life may bring.
The old saying that actions speak louder than words is so true when it comes to teaching our children. The example we live has much more influence on them than anything we could ever say. Children learn by what they see their parents doing. Living a consistent godly life before them is the best training we can give.
Obviously, we all make mistakes. There will be times we set a poor example. But being willing to admit when we've missed the mark can be a positive lesson for our children.
Consider this …
Teach your children a sense of responsibility, how to develop positive relationships and the importance of choosing godly behavior. As they grow, begin to allow them more freedom of choice in issues that won't endanger them if they take some wrong turns. Even when they make bad choices, they will gain valuable insights and a deeper understanding of consequences.
Our goal as godly parents should be to help our children grow and develop in a way that is pleasing to our heavenly Father. Consistency is vital to this process.
Father, help me to be more consistent in being a godly example to my children. Help me to be humble and bold enough to admit to them when I've erred. Help me to train them in the way they should go. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from …Godly Parenting: Parenting Skills at Each Stage of Growth by N. Elizabeth Holland, M.D. This study addresses parenting skills from the time of conception until the child has reached adulthood. It suggests methods for raising healthy, godly children in an increasingly secular society. Specific emphasis is placed on communication and teaching skills, discipline, protection and sexual issues at each age. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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