"Train Up A Child"
"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6, NKJV)
You can add "grandchild" to that verse too, for that also is in the Lord's heart.
Having given some time in caring for our youngest grandson, Levi Avalos, for a few times each week the past two years, I recall the times when raising our own four kids that I wish I knew then what I know now. If you are a grandparent, you may be thinking the same thing.
Life is really more difficult I believe for these past two generations. No longer is "black" black, nor "white" white as we use to say. Now everything seems to be blurred and wacky. No wonder kids these days bury themselves in video games and YouTube, with parents gone, neighbors unknown, streets unsafe to play on. You name it, things are not what they use to be.
So true are the Bible verses stating, in 2 Timothy 3:1-6, "But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these." (NASU)
So what are parents and grandparents to do?
Just what the Bible says to do, which never changes even as everything else changes around us. We raise them up according to His Word. We teach them, by example, in word, and in deed, what it means to be honest, work hard, love others rather than self-love, give out before wanting to receive all the time, share, and obey the Ten Commandments. (Yes, they still are true and need to be adhered to.)
Kids need a solid rock. They need to know that it isn't, "What you feel today that guides you", but rather what His Word speaks eternally that guides us. If you can't personally do that, as parents do struggle with speaking the guidance our kids need, then get them in a Sunday School, or in the synagogue where truth is being taught. It is our responsibility to make sure they hear the truth, rather than the bombardment of lies and "do as you want" junk that is taught to them each day in schools and in social media.
We will be held responsible for the training up of our kids, held accountable to God. Not the government, teachers, entertainers, or whoever speaks the loudest. You and I must take a stand for our kids, fight for them, and give them the opportunity to make good choices as they go up.
So that is what you do. You do what you know is the right thing to do. Teach and train your children in the ways of God, and they will experience the life He indented all along to give them.
There you go. Now you have an answer as to what to do when you aren't sure what you and I are to do.
Be watching for the next one!
Wanting to know His ways, always, and share them with the world,
Love For His People ministry
Charlotte, North Carolina
Photo: With my grandson, Levi! I want to help make sure this world, for him and his generation, is safe and following hard after our Lord Jesus!
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So What Do You Do?, #2 - in the year of our Lord 06.21.19 – “Train Up A Child?" – Friday, 8:00 am