To train OUR children in the way they should walk, reminds me of the time my daughter kept getting to the electric socket, and stereo wires, in her infant years. No matter how much I told her “no“, and “stay away“, she would crawl to it, and repeat the same step over, and over again.
I had to retrain her steps, not to get near it. I would say, “danger” “no” and pick her up from the danger area, pulling her away, EVEN if it took me 10 times to do so.
To train is to repeat the same step over, and over again, until your child gets it. To train is to assist and show the way by example, in words coupled with action. That is how our children learn, from example, not by force, but through repeated action.
Too much force, or no action can create much damage. With little discipine children can rebell and with to much force, children can also stray away. We must keep it at balance if we want our children to walk the path, we’ve paved out before them.
When you are older and your children are older, you cannot teach them the way you could when they were younger. Rather then regretting, and wish you could, step into action now, and train your children to walk upright, while they are still in your home.
Words spoken over others in ignorence, do not do us any good, but bring much harm to our children. We are opening doors, and the enemy is laughing at us.
You see children walk away from God, because the best example of Christianity, and good behaviour is modeled at home. Parents don’t live a life that they preach, so the children become indifferent in their actions, and rebell in their behavior. Then we wonder why Sally, and Johnny are acting the way that we do!
As parents we are accountable to God, and responsible for the way our children walk, and what they are taught. If we do everything in our power to be good examples, they will follow after, and be who we train them to be.
A good leader is not one that forces his way on others, but one who paves the way by example.
I pray we parents have our eyes open, and examine every step we take, because our little ones are following behind us. We want to present to them a good image of Christ, and not a polluted image that distorts and dishonors Christianity, and good behavior.
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