Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.
Proverbs 22:6 NLT
I was just able to visit my 4 children (Kyri, Olivia, Madi & Abbey) while at my nephew’s wedding.
It is always good to see them & have time together. Although we were there for Cody & Marrisa (my nephew & his new bride) we were still able to be with each other & see two families merge into one by way of marriage.
I recall when I was a child when my friends & peers saw two people “in love”, or even as much as holding hands, we’d break out into sing-song using the two people’s names like,
Cody & Marrisa sitting in a tree,
K I S S I N G!
First comes Love then comes marriage,
Then comes a baby in a baby carriage ! ! !
It’s funny how we are as children. Things are a little more simpler. Kids are not always a result of marriage but we associated the order of having a crush on someone with not only joining in marriage but making babies.
My oldest child, Kyri, is teaching middle school children that are the same age as her oldest sister Olivia. She’s very familiar with how innocent and brutal honest kids can be. The older we get the more we think we know it all and yet we are always still learning, or should be at least.
As we all “grow up” we learn lessons, many times the hard way (personal experiences) but we also see things modeled for us. We may even, indirectly or subconsciously, mimic behavior we grew up with or purposefully live the opposite.
I would like to think & I personally pray that my kids will mimic the good examples I’ve set & live in opposition to the bad examples I’ve shown in my poor judgment of character & decision.
I heard a Christian brother say, ” we are not all God’s children.” But I dont’t agree. I believe we are all God’s children, it is just that some are not obedient children. We all have the same Creator & the same Savior but it is a personal decision to make Him our Lord, regardless of our heritage. It’s up to us to have a tight relationship with our Heavenly Father & let His Holy Spirit live & take over our lives as Master.
If God is important & acknowledged by our parents the Scriptures tell us that will be something we will return to also in our adulthood.
This Proverb is directed to parents. Giving instruction but also a promise.
Train up a child in the way he should go [teaching him to seek God’s wisdom and will for his abilities and talents], Even when he is old he will not depart from it. PROVERBS 22:6 AMP
This Proverb goes right along with
Eph. 6:4 & II Tim. 3:15
Fathers, do not irritate and provoke your children to anger [do not exasperate them to resentment], but rear them [tenderly] in the training and discipline and the counsel and admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4 AMPC
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger [do not exasperate them to the point of resentment with demands that are trivial or unreasonable or humiliating or abusive; nor by showing favoritism or indifference to any of them], but bring them up [tenderly, with lovingkindness] in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. EPHESIANS 6:4 AMP
I have to ask myself, “Do I love them, my kids, as God loves me? Do I show it, even in my absence from them? Do I point them to seek God’s wisdom, not my own foolishness? “
Paul wrote to young Timothy,
and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:15-17 NIV
You’ve been a good apprentice to me, a part of my teaching, my manner of life, direction, faith, steadiness, love, patience, troubles, sufferings—suffering along with me in all the grief I had to put up with in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. And you also well know that God rescued me! Anyone who wants to live all out for Christ is in for a lot of trouble; there’s no getting around it.
Unscrupulous con men will continue to exploit the faith. They’re as deceived as the people they lead astray.
As long as they are out there, things can only get worse. But don’t let it faze you. Stick with what you learned and believed, sure of the integrity of your teachers
—why, you took in the sacred Scriptures with your mother’s milk! There’s nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way.
Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us. 2 Timothy 3:10-17 MSG
I must always, for as long as I live, point my kids & those around me to Christ and even when they are grown adults themselves; even after I am gone from their sight, that seed planted, will remain.
Scripture backs it.
In Christ, Beetle
(In the picture above we were able to capture from left to right, my mom, Abbey, Kyri, me, one of my sisters (Pauline), Madi, Olivia & my dad. I am holding my son Alexx’s ashes in my left hand with Olivia’s arm wrapped around me & him. I am holding daughter Abbey with my right hand. My sister Collene is in the picture below with her son Cody. I wasn’t able to capture a picture of her above because she was part of the many wedding pictures that were being captured for later.
Here is my oldest (Kyri) with her boyfriend Ozzy.