Monday, March 27, 2017
"Hey, Grandpa! When can we go downstairs and look at your cars?"
"Hey, Grandma! I'm hungry. Can I eat some Cheetos?"
"Hey Grandpa! What's in THIS box? Can I take it out?"
Grand kids are like sponges, desiring to absorb all knowledge and truth. So what are we feeding them? What are they eating? Exactly what we feed them.
I saw a video this weekend of a baby perfectly mimicking every move Sylvester Stallone was making in the Rocky movie. Amazing. Kids are so incredibly perceptive and absorbent. They pick up on everything and can even catch us, their parents, in lies and inconsistencies.
So, what are we teaching our children?
At lunch yesterday our daughter-in-law was talking about how she would never put her kid into a public school. Sitting across the table from her was our daughter - a public school teacher. People come down on both sides of this topic. Where do YOU stand? More importantly, where does God stand?
Yesterday our pastor spoke about why our church doesn't have a youth group. It was simple reasoning. It's because discipling our children is OUR job as parents, not somebody else's.
The key "teaching" verse in scripture is, "Train up a child in the way he should go and, when he is old, he will not part from it." - Proverbs 22:6
That verse doesn't say who should be doing the training but I am assuming the writer was talking to us parents. My question is, what is "the way they should go?" I think "the way" is God's way, not our way.
"6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." - John 14:6
If Jesus is the way, are we making sure our children are learning HIS way? Are we teaching them the things they should know that are of God, not of man? Or are we turning our children over to people who may or may not be teaching them the right things? These are all good questions.
There is a chain of responsibility God is implying to us in that verse from proverbs. We ALL should be teaching our children. Each generation, training up our children. We should never break that chain. That is one thing that helps keep us together.
So, as we walk through this world for the short time we are given, let us think long term for our children . . . and their children. Let us establish a firm foundation of faith in their lives so, that when they are old, it will not depart from them. And may the chain of teaching our children the ways of The Lord remain unbroken for generations to come.
Never brake the, never break the chain.
Chain, keep us together. - Fleetwood Mac
The Chain - Fleetwood Mac
Baby Imitates Rocky