Steve's lesson on parenting a couple weeks ago coming from Ephesians 6:1-4 took me back to my childhood. These were verses that my mother drilled into my head repeatedly. I can still hear her saying (in the KJ version), "Now son, remember that Gods word says, Children obey your parents in the Lord for this is right. Honor thy father and mother which is the first commandment with promise, that it may be well with thee and thou mayest live long on the earth." Then she would continue with the fourth verse, "and fathers, provoke not your children to wrath but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord."
As a young boy, I didn't fully understand the importance of these words I just thought it was her way of telling me that I had to obey and honor her or face the consequences from God and from her. As I grew older I realized that she was training me.
Prov 22:6, Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. I was very fortunate to be brought up in a Christian home even though it was a single parent home. People say that it takes a village but even though we were part of a loving church family who we relied on very heavily, my mom knew that parenting started with God’s word in the home. She tried to lean on Gods words doing the best job she could to instruct, teach, and show her children how to be respectful children of God and hopefully leading us to someday have a Christian family of our own.
Reminds me of a song and prayer, God Give us Christian Homes...
Homes where the Bible is loved and taught, homes where the Master's will is sought, homes crowned with beauty Thy love hath wrought. God give us Christian Homes!
Homes where the father is true and strong, homes that are free from the blight of wrong, homes that are joyous with love and song. God give us Christian Homes!
Homes where the mother in queenly quest, strives to show others Thy way is best, homes where the Lord is an honored guest. God give us Christian Homes!
Homes where the children are led to know, Christ in His beauty who loves them so, homes where the altar fires burn and glow. God give us Christian Homes!
What are we teaching our children?