Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
[Proverbs 22:6 NKJV]
These last couple of days my mind has, not unexpectedly, turned to thoughts of my mother, who died a year ago. We miss her greatly, and one of the things I treasure most in her last few years was our conversations about faith and scripture.
Mum would often talk about her father, my grandfather, and how he would teach her the names of the trees and the flowers on many a countryside walk in Ayrshire, giving her a deep love of nature; but Mum grew up in a Salvation Army household and so certain Christian attitudes and beliefs were instilled in her from birth. Two lifelong guiding influences were hers, but each reached her in differing ways.
For us as children, there was no pushing us into beliefs or interests; we were allowed to follow our own inclinations. As a result, only I am following Jesus, while my sister and brother are not. My mother’s method brought me to faith - but only after many years in the wilderness did I finally decide to follow The Lord.
What am I saying here? Was my parents way, or my grandparents way better? I suspect that for each one of us there is or was a different way. One tailor-made for who we are. And we do not know what is happening in the deepest parts of others, whether they will come to know Jesus or not.
I am grateful for all my mother did — encouraging (in her own way) me and my siblings to find faith . And that is all any of us is expected to do in The Lord. She taught as she felt right for her children.
He surely knows who was chosen from before the beginning of time and the teaching of ‘His children’ is best left up to Him. All we need to do is to play our part and train up our children in the way. The Lord will decide the way he should go.
I [the Lord] will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. [Psalm 32:8 AMPC (NIV says ‘loving eye upon,]
The Way You Should Go — Scripture Memory Verses
Monday 5th October 2020
The essence of Christianity is that we give the Son of God a chance to live and move and have His being in us.
GEORGE and GILL STEWART