Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)
Today's Morsel: The New Living Translation of the Bible quotes this scripture (Proverbs 22:6) by saying, "Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it." The most important part of being a parent is teaching our children to follow a godly lifestyle. If children learn to respect authority and obey God while they are young, they usually stay on that path when they are older. Many people grow up in dysfunctional families where godly values have been shunned or laughed at. We can now see how that has led many of them to their codependent lifestyle. Solomon said, "The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame" (Proverbs 29:15). Our children deserve better; they need all the advantages of a moral and loving family environment. They need training and correction if they are going to succeed in this life. Moses told the children of Israel:
" Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates" (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)
The most important letter in the word success is "U". If your child has any chance at succeeding in life, it will take "U", their parents to get them on the right path and to do your best to keep them there.
Sing: Lead me! Guide me! Along, along the way. Lord, if you lead me, I cannot stray. Lord, let me walk, each day, with Thee; lead me O' Lord, lead me O' Lord, lead me!