Here’s why you train up a child

Here’s a simple example of why it’s so important to repetitively teach young minds about God’s word:

I live in a land-locked state and that means I live hundreds, and hundreds, and hundreds of miles away from the nearest ocean. The trash in my county goes into a local landfill, and hence it does not leave the county, much less the state. These two facts tell me that my household garbage has zero chance of reaching the ocean and affecting any of its wildlife.

And yet I cannot keep from cutting or ripping up the rings on the plastic wrapping that binds a six-pack of coke together.

Why is that?

Because when I was a kid, I saw a picture on the TV, and at school, of a sea-turtle with a plastic six-pack can binder stuck around his flipper with absolutely no hope of getting loose of it by himself! This image was “burned” into my brain because it was used with kids over and over again as an environmental warning against littering.

The warning did its job. Nearly 30 years later and I still haven’t forgotten what that picture looked like or the lesson they were trying to get across by using it.

This example shows why it’s so important for parents (first and foremost) and uncles and aunts and grandparents to do their best and repetitively train up their child in God’s word; because whether or not that child follows it their entire lives – they won’t be able to forget what they were taught. And that gives every child a better opportunity at having a right relationship with their Creator.

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

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