“Train up a child in the way he should go. When he is old, he will not turn away from it.”-Proverbs 22:6 (NIrV)
A few years ago I was fortunate to take a flight in a single engine plane. I got a chance to sit in the co-pilot seat and could hear messages from the tower through the headsets. I was amazed that the pilot was in constant communication with control towers along our way and would receive instructions on minor course corrections he would receive along the way. As we travelled along our way, and our flight plan would be handed off to different control towers, each tower would give the pilot simple corrections to make and he would do it. After some time we touched down at our destination having been corrected many times along our journey; that is a lot like raising children.
As parents we are called to make corrections to our children along the way, which is called discipline. Sometimes we think of discipline as “punishment” but that isn’t the case. Discipline is nothing more than training, course corrections, gentle shepherding our children along the way. The more often we make these course corrections the easier they are and can be well received. It is much better for us, and our children, if we are constantly making these corrections as we go rather than having to make major corrections because our children are far off course.
I would like to challenge you to read through Proverbs with your children. There are 31 Proverbs so you can read one per day and make it all the way through Proverbs in a month. If you start today, you would read Proverbs 20, tomorrow the 21st and so on. There are a lot of great “conversation starters” found in Proverbs but this is a great book of wisdom for us and our children. This won’t take too long, 5 minutes to read through each Proverb and could provide a wonderful opportunity to spend time together in God’s Word. Why not give it a try?
Walking by your side,
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