Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Last Sunday I asked the congregation to be praying for all of the children and young people associated with our church and within our circle of friends and families. Perhaps some of you have been meditating on this verse as you have prayed for them. This verse is good for such an occasion. I would like to mention a couple of caveats about this verse. We limit the truth found in this verse if we only think of it as a verse that speaks to the relationship between a mom, dad and their children. We also minimize the scope and power of this verse if we believe that mom and dad bear the sole responsibility when it comes to having a godly influence on the children in our community.
We must keep in mind that not every family looks the same. Why even the families within our own church are unique in their own ways and each and every one of them are loved by God. We must also keep in mind that during the course of a lifetime there are many people God uses to impact and influence our children. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, friends, neighbors, teachers, even people met in passing can make an impact on all of us in our lives. As you continue to pray this week please pray that the influence made by all those who impact our children will be a godly one. Please pray that those who are raising up children in difficult circumstances will be strengthened. And please pray that the Lord will lead each of us to be godly influences on the children that He sends into our lives or who He allows to cross our paths.