Yesterday I was creating the bulletin cover for the worship service
and in looking for a verse to go with this photo.
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I came across a verse that I was familiar with only from
the King James version.
"Train up a child in the way he should go
and when he is old he will not depart from it".
But my search was in the NIV.
It sounds different in this version.
At least to me.
"Start children off in the way they should
go and even when they are old they will not
turn from it."
The message is the same but the visual image to me is very different.
The KJV has always given me the mental image of a mother
sitting with her child and sharing truths or listening intently to
what they are saying.
There is more of an image of love and even discipline invoked
for me here.
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The NIV makes me think of something a bit more
along the physics train of thought.
I think of the old fashioned hoops and sticks
that you see from the colonial times.
When one wants to play with those it is important
that they start upright and very straight.
If not they will quickly veer to the right or to the left and
they will topple over.
How the hoop starts rolling totally impacts the end results of
this game. And not only must it start well but the person
with the stick must stay with it because that hoop is going
to drift. Gentle corrections are required or that hoop is
going to be off course and then eventually fall
to the ground.
Our children need our presence, our attention
and our correction.
I am not saying that we need to hit them with sticks.
My grandma used that approach and it didn't train
me about anything other than fear.
What I am saying is that we must spend time with them.
Instruct their little hearts and minds in the ways of the Lord.
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I get to see parenting in a new way
now that my three are nearly grown.
I'm watching the young parents at our church.
They work so hard.
When one of their children starts to get a little bit off course
they take them aside and invest a few minutes in
correcting the behavior in conversation and instruction.
Sometimes that instruction involves punishment.
Its all part of the process.
I have also observed a young mother who does not use this
approach. She came from a poor parenting situation herself and
does not yet know the importance of all of these truths.
I am not so fond of spending time with her child.
We are praying for this young mother that she would come
to know Jesus and then become
open to some leading and guidance herself so that her
little one would get that right start.
Aren't you glad that our Heavenly Father has
demonstrated this style of caring and instruction with us?
That gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit who deals with our
hearts when we begin to stray.
The Word He has given us and the ability to
be in His presence
and learn directly from His heart.
It is all so good.
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