Children have a special way of spelling love. And it only includes one letter from the word, love. Children spell love: T-I-M-E! They hunger for our companionship more than any other gift we can give them. No amount of toys, pets, gifts or devices can take the place of Sunday school teachers or youth leaders. Time shared with a child is an opportunity to make a difference in eternity – if the time is God-honoring.
Not long ago, while visiting with an executive, we were talking about the importance of helping children become who God would have them to be. Suddenly, he interrupted our conversation and called his secretary on the intercom and said, “I’ve decided to spend more time with my children. See how you can fit them into my schedule.”
The writer of Proverbs saw it quite differently. He very clearly stated that we are to, “Train up a child in the way he should go,” and in keeping with his individual gifts “and he will not depart from them.” God has given each child a particular set of skills or gifts or abilities that are in keeping with the plan He has for their life. Parents and Christian leaders are responsible to God to recognize the potential and future that He has “locked-up” within each child.
Parents and Christian leaders are obligated to God to “train” children to fulfill the plans He has for them. We are accountable to Him to follow His directions.
Prayer: We often cringe, Father, from what we see in the lives of children who do not know You – yet do little to help them. Burden us to work with You to save them. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.