Train A Child
This chapter talked about Proverbs 22:6 and raising children. Ah, Proverb 22:6 (Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it), the epitome of what the bible says on how we are to raise our children and the reward you’ll receive. Here in lies the myth, that if we raise our children in a Godly home, we are guaranteed that when they grow old, they will never depart from that faith. Larry Osborne, the books author, talks about the bible never stating that there is a guarantee for our children. That if raised in a Godly home, will always know and trust in God. That they, if raised right, will never leave that foundation.
When raising children it is never easy and there are NO guarantees. I’m here to say, I’m not the best parent in the world, but I don’t super suck at it either. The point is, I try, and I try hard. I want the best for my children and I believe that at the top of the best list, is having a relationship and knowing God. Giving them the best foundation that I can is all I can do as a parent. Giving them that fighting start, if you will. It then becomes up to the children to make their choice if they are going to continue in their faith walk. Am I a failure if they choose not to follow God? Nope, I tried and gave them the best chance that I could, to be able to have that faith, that relationship with God. If they choose not to follow that way when they grow old, that falls on them. I would like nothing more, then for my children, for the rest of their lives, to have faith in God and to live obediently to him. What does the future hold for my children? I have no idea, but I do know that there are no guarantees.