Set In Concrete
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it”-Proverbs 22:6.
A young mother in Kansas made an unusual request of a workman who was smoothing out the freshly poured cement of a new sidewalk. She asked if she could press her baby’s hands onto the concrete. When the man said yes, she placed her baby’s hands firmly on the wet cement and pointed his fingers in the direction of a nearby church. Although we don’t know what prompted that mother to do this, she apparently wanted to make a permanent impression that would influence the future direction of her little boy’s life.
This unusual expression of concern and commitment should reflect the desire of all Christian parents for the spiritual welfare of their children. We must position our young ones on the right way and recognize the importance of the church in their lives. Our children’s spiritual training must begin at an early age. We have the responsibility to encourage them to come to the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior as soon as they are old enough to understand the meaning of salvation. If we do that, we will cultivate in them a respect for the church and instill in their hearts a love for God and His Word.
By our teaching, our example, and our prayers, let’s make sure that we set our children’s feet in the right direction.
Begin to train them early
To fear and love the Lord,
To carry on life’s pathway
God’s lamp, His holy Word.
Our children may go wrong if we don’t start them right
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