Train a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not turn from it.
This verse is often quoted as motivation, guidance, or even judgement for parents. As a parent, I readily admit that I often doubt my choices, wonder about my methods, and question myself. It seems for every move you make in the right direction, something else sets you back. It’s like being trapped in a Paula Abdul song, a nightmare…
But it does seem to work it’s way out. Little Man is at least aware that he is making the wrong choices now. And Little Monkey is learning how to use his new found words for good. I wonder what the future holds, what the next lesson is to teach them, and what the next lesson is for me to learn.
I was encouraged, and humored, recently by something a small group member said, perhaps it will encourage and humor you as well. If you look closely at the scripture, it talks about a child and being old. It doesn’t talk about that middle time. We’re responsible for training them as children and then we let them go and God brings them back. Some stay gone longer than others, but if we do the job entrusted to us, they will be God’s.
Blessings and Happy Parenting ~w