Training and preparing our children for life and eternity involves far more than just providing housing and an education. It requires a lot of loving relational time, personal sacrifice, strategic parenting, role modeling, and most of all, intercessory prayer.
As human beings, our early years are our formative years, where our thought patterns and character are first shaped through observing parental role models and through parental discipline so that the rest of our lives we have a picture of what we should be like.
“Train up a child in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not depart from it.”
As parents, as role models, as shepherds of God’s children we have been entrusted with the responsibility and the opportunity to raise up children to know how to walk with Christ through life and how to enter into eternity’s Heaven. Too often history’s lesson has been that absent parents make for an emptier Heaven, while engaged parents make for a more populated Heaven.
Whatever our role is among God’s children, be it as parents, teachers, pastors, or as a good neighbor, let’s awaken every morning with a fresh perspective on how we can populate eternity’s Heaven by training “a child in the way they should go.”
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