Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. – (Proverbs 22:6, NIV)
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 a mom who has always tried to point my boys in the right direction, I am especially aware of both the fruit of my investment, and the need to continue to invest, as they enter this new step into adulthood, with one having acquired their license on Friday and the other scheduled to test for it this coming Friday. I find myself in a strange space of trust and anticipation, as we have an agreement in which they text me before they leave and when they arrive, whenever they drive anywhere. For me, I pray and trust that God will keep them safe and grant wisdom and protection as they go. Additionally, it provides me such appreciation for the investment that my own mom made in my life, as I am certain that she experienced what I am going through now. She invested well in teaching us the way we should go, and by doing so, was able to release us into adulthood with the assurance that she had done what she was called to do. It is my hope that when my boys are ready to venture out on their own, that I will have the same confidence.
Lord, help us to teach,
Show our kids the way;
To walk in Your grace,
And in Your will, stay.
Help us to hold fast,
To Your promise made;
Invest when they’re young,
In old age, they’ll stay.
Thank You for Your grace,
Your love and Your light;
That shows us the way,
To raise our kids right.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You lovingly lead us in the way we are meant to go. Thank You that as we trust in You, You show us how to lead our kids in love, so that they will know You and not depart from You when they are old. Forgive us for the countless ways that we fall short. Teach us to trust You more. Fill the gaps where we have been lacking. Show us how to love all those around us in a way that points people to Your perfect peace. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we love You and lead our kids accordingly. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him. – Psalm 37:23