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One of the great promises of the bible lives in Proverbs 22:6. “Raise a child in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not depart far from it.” Almost every parent would and does give their time, energy and resources to see their children do well.  Young or old, rich or poor, birthed or adopted—God has gifted us with the idea that it is our duty and legacy to set the young ones on a track toward a healthy, Godly life.

We do that by living humbly.  We recognize that God has given us the treasure we possess and our kids are the crown jewels of that treasure. We show them a Godly life—we teach them the skills we have been blessed with. We protect them from influences that would lead them away—yet, despite our best efforts, they still are humans and make choices and decisions that we would never sanction.

That is why we have to continue to trust and pray for them—the verse says when they are old, they will not depart far from it—Our kids, will make their own choices and while we can’t control those choices, we can continue to trust that God will walk them through their lives and bring them into his kingdom in his time and way. It seems impossible—to let anyone have influence over your priceless treasures, but, it truly is the picture of God’s love for us—you see, he loves us the same way; and it is as crushing for him to see us make bad choices as it is for us to see our kids do the same. Trust him with your kids, but, make sure they see a good dose of him in you as you train them in the way they should go.

God Bless You

A good name is more desirable than great riches;     to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

Rich and poor have this in common:     The Lord is the Maker of them all.

The prudent see danger and take refuge,     but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

Humility is the fear of the Lord;     its wages are riches and honor and life.

In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls,     but those who would preserve their life stay far from them.

Start children off on the way they should go,     and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

The rich rule over the poor,     and the borrower is slave to the lender.

Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity,     and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.

The generous will themselves be blessed,     for they share their food with the poor.

10 Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife;     quarrels and insults are ended.

11 One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace     will have the king for a friend