It never fails to impress me. I have watched many parents and their children. Parents ALWAYS pass something on to their children. Parents pass on to their children their own passions. Passionate about football? Watch the son. Passionate about paying your bills and saving? Watch the daughters learn. Passionate for the mission of God? Watch the children.
Proverbs 22:6 says, “6 Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” If you have God pigeon-holed to occupy only a part of your life, just watch how your children receive God. If you care more for your children’s fun and popularity, just watch how your children grow. If you have a gentle spirit at church but scream and curse at your wife, just watch and see what your training instills in your sons. If you love God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength so that your sons and daughters see the beauty of God in the home, just see what is trained into them. They will never leave what you train into them.
Proverbs 22:15 says, “15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.” Don’t fail to take charge of your children. God has placed them in your care so be sure to discipline them and bring them up in the nurture and instruction of the Lord.
I knew a man, a family member, who was completely exasperated when it came to controlling his children. They were like uncontrolled monkeys, running here and there, touching what they shouldn’t, screaming and fighting. And the dad – and mother – was almost red-faced with embarrassment when they sensed others were seeing the ridiculousness of it all.
However, and this is instructive, I saw the same father take on a seriousness and control towards the children WHEN THEY TOUCHED HIS THINGS. Oh, I noticed and learned that he was selfish. If it was HIS books, the children learned quickly not to touch. But the same man didn’t have the same respect or regard for others. I wonder what he passed on to his children.
Steady and godly discipline will train the children up and drive foolishness from children. Don’t treat children as if they are in charge of the home.