A Boy To Train
by Wendell Ward
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger; but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”Ephesians 6:4.
“Edgar A. Guest spoke it eloquently when he penned, “The man who has a boy to train, has work to keep him night and day. There’s much to him he must explain and many a doubt to clear away. His task is one that calls for tact and friendship of the finest kind, because, with every word and act, he molds the little fellow’s mind. He must be careful of his speech, for careless words are quickly learned. He must be wise enough to teach what corners may be safely turned.”
“Most men are able to produce children, but few realize the solemnity of “bringing them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
“He must be like the lamplighter of days long past. The lamplighter would go down the streets of his small town as darkness was coming on and light each lamp in its turn. In front of him, darkness, but behind him there was always light. To me, this expresses the task of the Christian father.
“The world that faces children is lost in darkness and sin. It is riding a roller coaster to hell! The Christian father (parent) is a temporary resident of this world with the responsibility of these poor souls and must be concerned for their spiritual welfare. He must live so as to show them the difference that Christ can make in their manner of life. He tries, by his word and behavior, to lead his children to accept the Lord. Before him there is darkness, but where he has been there is the light of wisdom!
“Fathers, those sons learn quickly! They pay equal attention to your actions as well as your words. Allow me to illustrate. A father sat in his easy chair reading his Sunday paper. He turns to his little boy and admonishes, “Son, put that paper down and get ready for Bible Study.” The youngster said, “Daddy are you going with me?” “No,” he said, “I’m not going with you, but I want you to hurry up and get ready.” The boy asked, “Father, did you go to Bible Study when you were my age?” “Yes,”said the father. “Well, I don’t suppose it will do me any good either,” replied the son.
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