Sometimes kids try to pass along a message in their own way…I guess my daughter wants me to smile more. Hey, better here than on the couch!
“No doubt about it: children are a gift from the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a divine reward.” (Psalm 127:3-CEB)
This is a story my parents didn’t tell about me, but one I vividly remember myself. From the age of one to six, I often stayed with my grandparents on their farm. When they would take me to the church building on the Lord’s Day, I was like all other kids my age – I was constantly moving in order to not be bored.
One Sunday, while the preacher was preaching his sermon, I (who was then three years old), stood up and began making all kinds of weird faces (sticking my tongue out, etc.) at the audience seated behind me.
Needless to say, there was quite a few giggles and some laughter going on. I’m certain that the preacher wondered why his serious biblical message was suddenly turning humorous. Well, it wasn’t too long before my grandparents got “wind” of the situation, and my humor-producing antics came to an abrupt halt.
My granddad took me to the rear of the auditorium and proceeded to “warm” my backside (no humor there). Needless to say, my day of trying to be a comic suddenly ended – my entertainment career being over. Never again did I make any more faces in the assembly, for which I’m certain the preacher was thankful. 🙂
Ramnath Subramanian, a sixth-grade science teacher at Eastwood Knolls School in El Paso, writes about the ongoing problems found in today’s educational system – http://www.elpasotimes.com/opinion/ci_16140145.
He points out that American schools are “weak as water” on the discipline front, largely due to a lack of parental involvement in properly disciplining their children.
Until we get back to making application of biblical principles regarding the disciplining of our children (see Proverbs), the educational system in America will not improve, but will only become more inept.
The secret of a good family life? Ron, Stephen, Laura and Joy have pretty well nailed everything down regarding a godly family life. The only thing I might add, is the concept of being a godly role model for our children. Children are going to model their lives after someone. It’s better for them to have godly parents and grandparents as role models, than Elvis, Britney Spears, or Madonna.
My parents and grandparents were my role models. They were godly people who took me to church when I was just a baby. Both my parents and grandparents were involved in the work of the church. They provided me with an example of how married folks should work together as a team. They were role models for morality, teaching me not to lie, cheat, or steal from my fellowman.
My grandmother read her Bible every day, and we often discussed its contents. She would tell me that the Bible has the answer to all of life’s problems, and so it does.
The bottom line is this: Children need (and want) someone to be their role model. What better persons could there be as role models, than parents and grandparents? (cf. Genesis 18:16-19; 2 Timothy 1:1-5; 2 Timothy 3:14-15).