“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

“As the Twig Is Bent . . .”

(Please read Proverbs 22:6)

September 16

They’re with us for such a little while. Almost before we know it — and often before we can prepare for it — they’re gone. From our homes and our control to their own homes and their own decisions and their own lives. And then we look back.

Such introspection, for Christian parents, should include concern as to whether we have done what we could to tell our children about the Lord and display him in our lives. It’s fine to love your children and want to provide good things for them — as long as you don’t forget what is really good and needful for them. But food, clothing, shelter, school, and all the extras that you may shower on your children are simply not enough if you do not see that the Lord has a place in their lives.

When it comes to starting a family, there are some basic facts which should be accepted and understood by every couple. First, children are a gift of God. This is not a popular idea in this country or in many other parts of the world. Maybe we don’t understand Psalm 127:3, but could it be that men and women in many places simply misuse God’s gift?

Another fundamental is that parents are only custodians, oh so briefly, of that gift. Alexander Pope wrote, “Just as the twig is bent, the tree’s inclined.” Do your best while you can to bend that lovely twig so that it will be a beautiful part of God’s garden. Surely He will be with you and help you in your efforts.

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