*Train Up a Child - Proverbs 22:6*
Two young boys were spending the night
at their grandparents.
At bedtime, the two boys kneeled down beside their beds
to say their prayers.
Suddenly, the youngest boy
began praying at the top of his lungs,
"I PRAY FOR A NEW BICYCLE.
I PRAY FOR A NEW NINTENDO.
I PRAY FOR A NEW VCR..." \\ His older brother leaned over,
nudged his younger brother, and said,
"Why are you shouting your prayers?
God isn’t deaf."
The little brother replied, "No, but Grandma is!"
That little fellow, had it figured out:
God answers his prayers a lot faster
When grandma knows about his wants.
A HARRIED HOUSEWIFE
spent much of the day preparing dinner for company.
That evening as they were ready to eat,
she asked her 3-year-old daughter to say the blessing.
The little girl was shy and told her mom
she didn’t know what to say.
Her mother said,
"Just say what you’ve heard Mommy say."
So the youngster bowed her head and said,
"Oh, Lord, why did I invite these people
to have supper with us?
Recently at a leadership workshop in our church
Someone made the comment that
“we need to train our children
For the task of being the church
And taking on significant leadership roles
And moving the church into the future with confidence.”
I think that was the essence of the comment...
Well, today we celebrate the beginning
Of a new Christian Education season.
We have made a covenant with each other
To use our gifts and abilities
And to train our children in the way they should go
To the best of our abilities.
And so we want to talk about this responsibility today,
And see on the basis of scriptures
What we can and must learn about Christian education
In the church.
Proverbs 22:6 says,
/“Train up a child in the way he should go, /
/and when he is old he will not turn from it.”
\\ \\ /
Some of you are thinking,
“He must have written this line
Before he had kids.”
But, there is a certain truth in these words,
We will train our children
whether we realize it or not...
they will learn the good and the bad.
They will absorbe from mom and dad and other people.
They are little copycats.
They will copy what they see and hear in us,
the good and the bad.
And, often when the little ones do something
That for an adult would be embarrassing,
We say, “Look, how cute!”
And we laugh about…
And we don’t even realize
That they are showing off a behaviour
That they have learnt from their parents.
\\ \\ ILL.- Someone said,
“Before I got married I had six theories
about bringing up children;
now I have six children and no more theories.”
That’s like the young student of child behavior
who frequently delivered a lecture called
“Ten Commandments for Parents.”
He married and became a father.
The title of the lecture was altered to
“Ten Guidelines for Parents.”
Another child arrived.
The lecture became “Some Suggestions for Parents.”
A third child was born.
The lecturer stopped lecturing.
\\ \\ Prov.
22:6, “Train up a child…” \\ On the surface, it sounds pretty good
and many parents put their faith in exactly what it says.
Many parents say to themselves:
If I only do the right things…
Play the right games with them…
Put them in the right sports…
Sing the right songs…
Teach them the right instruments…
Take them to the right schools…
And we can all finish the sentence of what we believe
To be right for our children…
… then they will turn out right.
I’ve heard Christian parents say,
“I’m going to let my children make their own choices
When it comes to the church