Proverbs 22:6…..Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not turn from it. (NIV).
I agree that one of the most challenging noble roles during parenthood is the role of child upbringing. Children pass through different stages in life but one of the most delicate stage is that of adolescence.
Well, my focus is not on the adolescent period as such but rather general training of a child right from birth to maturity. I would to focus on this biblically.
Remember, Jesus on one of the occasions while teaching, said that ‘let all children come to me….”…..meaning that children are very important in the kingdom of God and that they are accepted by Christ.
Stories have been reported of children who end up with deviant behavior, and turn into criminals yet they were fully cared for by their parents or guardians. Good care of a child and proper training is not solely and in itself a sure guarantee that the child is an excellence in life. God has to be in it. The power of God determines the destiny of each child on earth.
How many children have we heard of their good testimonies while growing up and yet they wither during their adulthood life? Definitely many. This is a question of God’s hand missing in the lives of those children.
A child in their young life, usually believe what they are told by their parents or guardians. If all that you teach your children is full of lies, be sure that those children will live a lie and when they discover that you cheated them later on in life, they lose trust in you completely.
Biblically, we need to teach our children the Lord’s way. With this I mean that we need to make them realize that there are core values that should be embraced in life when they are still young and growing. Among the core values include;
- Teaching them how to pray.
- Teaching them how to pay tithes.
- Showing them the best ways of reading their Bibles and encouraging them to do so.
- Listening to them and responding to their needs honestly.
- Valuing and appreciating their strength and weaknesses.
- Encouraging them to attend church and Sunday school sessions
- Teaching them that helping those in need is important.
- Introducing them to prayer and fasting steadily as they grow.
- Teaching them that being honest to people is similar with being honest with God.
When children are not taught above values, they may end up as;
Training a child in the way of the Lord requires dedication and the help of God. As a parent, ask God to help you bring up your child.
The success that children acquire in life is heavily influenced by the kind of training they received while growing up. A successful child is the one who knows that God exists and that he should be worshipped diligently and without fear.
Train a child in the way he should go. When their behavior gets formed, it can’t change because they will have developed habits in line with the values that follow that kind of training. If the training was good, good rewards usually follow. The vice versa is true.
Children are the future generation in God’s kingdom.