“Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6, Nasb
Yesterday we made soup together, my daughter and I. She resisted, but I insisted. As Chloe peeled carrots, washed celery, added chicken broth, and so on, she seemed to let go of her initial refusal to engage in an activity that didn’t interest her. I’m grateful for the smiles that eventually danced on her face, and both of us emerged from the kitchen after valuable time together.
Should I feel guilty about insisting that my daughter learn to do things she’s not interested in? Not if they’re life skills that will benefit her and others.
If my sweet girl wasn’t eating enough physical food, would I do something about it? You bet! I couldn’t sit by and watch her waste away little by little. In the same way, I need to train her in the discipline of Bible reading. It’s not always interesting. Sometimes, it can be boring. I remember how I felt as I struggled to read my Bible when I was 13, a little younger than my daughter’s age. Yet by God’s grace, He enabled me to persevere. I kept reading, and now I love God’s Word. I couldn’t survive without it.
Motherhood contains blessings along with challenges. Training our children in God’s ways looks different for each of us, and it changes shape as our children grow. In my case, knowing when to provide clear instruction vs. when to allow my kids to choose sometimes baffles me—those are the times I especially need biblical guidance. Through it all, though I can’t force my children to love God’s Word, I’ll train them toward this goal as long as I can.
How about you? I’d love to hear your success stories about training your child to cherish God’s Word. Please comment below so others can benefit as well. Thanks, and love to you in Christ!
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