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

Psalm 5:3

Minimum Daily Requirements

(Please read Ephesians 6:1-4)

August 20

Are you at least a little bit overwhelmed when you see those lists on product labels? One baby formula, for example, lists 37 ingredients, then lists five “nutrients,” 15 “vitamins,” and eleven “minerals,” plus directions for storage, preparation and use of the product.

We can be pretty sure that the formula had been developed with careful attention to the needs of infants, and packaged and labeled with equal care. When you’re in the business of providing food for babies, your prosperity and your continued existence must be dependent on doing things right.

Our country places a high priority on matters having to do with the care, safety, health and training of children. We have laws, regulations and minimum daily requirements to control such things to just about the limit that government in a free society can do. But in one area the nation falls woefully short in dealing with its precious young.

That area is religious training and the whole system of moral values it involves. In this vital area the official stance of the government and the politically correct goals of many people are at odds with the ideals on which the nation was founded.

Even so, there is still hope for coming generations — if Christians will be as concerned with the spiritual nourishment of our children as with their physical sustenance. Families need to provide minimum daily requirements of such things as Bible study and prayer, as carefully and lovingly provided as those foods which build strong bodies. If we love our children and want the best for them, we can do no less.

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