Teach Your Children Well

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

  • Proverbs 22:6

This is not a verse that ensures a child’s salvation as some have preached to me.  The children may go a far different direction but hold to certain things that you taught them without knowing why or thinking that they thought of those things on their own.  Remember, these are proverbs, wise counsel, good advice.  They do not constitute ironclad guarantees, but as wise advice, it is something important to do.

My youngest grandson, 4 years old, and his parents had fun yesterday.  He cooked the evening meal for the family.  My son cut the fish and did some measuring, but the four-year-old did everything else.  He cooked three-cheese tortellini and stir-fried a blend of vegetables with fish folding it in an Alfredo sauce.

My son said that he even sliced the vegetables with a mandolin.  They don’t trust him with a sharp knife yet.  They were on speaker-phone at the time.  The four-year-old said, “Daddy, I used a knife to slice the butter!”  (A butter knife, but he wanted the record straight.  He used a knife.)

When the little one explained what he’d done and some of the details, he suddenly slipped into some total gibberish that his mother had to admit, “I have no translation for that.”  But I thought that an adequate translation was that he was excited beyond words.  So, he just didn’t use any.

My son created a monster.  The next day, the four-year-old reported to the kitchen to cook the evening meal again.  My son let him sauté the chicken, again with Dad, our son, doing the measuring.  He would have done more, but he had to take his nap.  Our son says that he is interested in learning.  Our grandson thinks that the Iron Chef better watch out.

My wife was impressed by the grandchild at the other end of the spectrum a few years back, the one who just turned 21.  Nine years ago, we were staying with them at a condo on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.  The trip was a major vacation for my wife and me.  We spent about five days in South Carolina, driving to Mississippi from there for a double reunion, family and high school graduating class.

At one point while on Hilton Head, my wife asked where her granddaughter was.  She was told that she had slipped into the upstairs master bedroom to watch some anime on the huge television upstairs.  Knowing that the television channels at the resort condo had both children’s anime and a more adult variety, my wife went to investigate.  If she had been given the option at twelve years old, her curiosity would have overcome her parent’s rules, being left all alone.  Yet, my wife found our granddaughter watching some very tame stuff.  She then quizzed our granddaughter, who said that she wasn’t ready for that stuff, not even interested.  But next year, when she’s thirteen and allowed to watch it, she might watch some just to see what it was all about.

There is a lot that children want to learn.  There is a lot that they fill their minds with when we are not looking.

Teaching them about a God that loves them is important, possibly the most important thing you should do as parents.  With the way the world around us is going, if we do not do so, they may not hear a message of true Hope, Love, and Salvation from any other sources during their developmental years.

The health update:  My wife still has A-Fib, but somewhat under control.  The hope is that once the flu is completely gone, the A-Fib will subside as well.  She made it home just after lunch on Thursday.  Now, I can start doing a little ‘resting’ that the doctor wanted me to do on Monday – not that I didn’t sneak in an occasional nap at the hospital.  One of the doctors who was taking care of my wife in the hospital had the same name as a soft drink, soda, pop, whatever you call it in your part of the world.  While I have a Deviled Yeggs story written and in review, I feel the next one bubbling as it is poured over ice.

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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