Friday, May 3, 2013

Training Character In Your Children

Have you ever noticed that some people are really neat and others are not?  Some are easily angered and others are not?  Some are always on time and others are not?  Some work very hard and others are lazy?  So much of our character is a result of good or bad parenting.
Training a child in the way he should go involves taking a child by the hand and allowing him to be a part of your productive life.  When you train a child to enjoy cooking, she will always enjoy cooking.  When you train up a child to work, he will always enjoy the accomplishment of a job well done.  When you train up a child to notice what needs to be done, to be on time, to be respectful, to work as a team, to use time wisely, and to put his shoulder to the plow, he will always be responsible and productive.
It is not a strange turn of events that one boy grows up to be lazy and another is a worker;  that one woman is bitter and the other is full of joy;  that one person is productive and the other expects others to pay his way;  that one man is lustful and the other is self-disciplined; that one woman is emotionally crippled, and the other is wise and thoughtful.  {Debi Pearl}
Raising children is a monumental task.  You need to be daily seeking wisdom from the Lord.  The Bible commands that we train our children diligently in the nurture and the admonition of the Lord and teach them all throughout the day.
This takes a keeper at home.  This take time and effort.  It's responsibility cannot be placed on the school, babysitter, grandparents, or church.  It must be your responsibility.  One you must take seriously and recognize as a command from God.
Be diligent in forming good habits and character in your children from a very young age.  You will reap wonderful fruit in your old age when all your children are walking in Truth.
Train up a child in the way he should go: 
and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6