Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. – (Proverbs 22:6, NLT)
Teach children in a way that fits their needs, and even when they are old, they will not leave the right path. – (Proverbs 22:6, ERV)
Point your kids in the right direction – when they’re old they won’t be lost. – (Proverbs 22:6, MSG)
As we draw ever nearer to the first day of school, this verse hits home even harder. Not only am I charged with teaching, directing and pointing my children in the right direction, but all those who enter my classroom as well. Though my capacity to impact students is different than my own children, how I make them feel each day is equally important. If they enter my class and feel safe and cared for, then, and only then, will they be engaged and interested in learning. Direction can be difficult at any age. What kept me from becoming lost along the way in my own life, were those who taught, directed and pointed me in the way I was meant to go. It was not through telling nor commanding, but rather through loving, supporting and encouraging, with redirection in love as needed. May we each seek the Lord to be our guide as we teach, direct and point children in the ways that they are meant to go.
Let us choose to lead,
All children in love;
Show them their value,
They matter above.
For as we are known,
Then too, are we heard;
What speaks to the heart,
Love beyond mere words.
For when we choose show,
Safety and true care;
Kids rise and flourish,
Find goodness to share.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the blessing that children are to us all. Thank You for the role to which You call and entrust us to fill in the lives of those around us. Forgive us for our failures, as we lose our cool and forget the impact that our words and actions have on kids. Teach us to seek You to be our example and our strength, so that we would teach, direct and point kids with goodness and grace. Show us how to love kids well, so that they would know that they are safe and cared for, and will glean the good that we have to offer. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek and trust in You to equip and strengthen us to teach kids well. Amen.
Love never gives up on people. It never stops trusting, never loses hope, and never quits. – 1 Corinthians 13:7