“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
The Only Way to Appear Good
(Please read Proverbs 22:6)
In our congregation we like to do special things from time to time with and for young people, sending them the clear message that they are extremely precious in our eyes and very important to the present and future of the church.
That’s a vital message, one that needs to be conveyed to our children by their families and their congregations, regularly and sincerely. When we see distressing evidence of the dangers the world holds for them, we should be increasingly determined to do our best, with the Lord’s help, to lead them in the right direction.
It’s easier, we know, to talk about what we ought to do for our kids than it is to put those well-meant ideas into action. Sometimes the hectic schedules of working parents and schoolchildren make it very difficult for the family to have time together. But the children still need daily doses of appreciation, and if they don’t get it at home they’re likely to search for it elsewhere. That’s one of the reasons that an active, loving congregation can be of so much help to parents and children alike, and we wish more families could see the advantages of close association with people who love the Lord.
Have you ever wondered how Christians a century ago coped with parental responsibilities? Well, religious journals’ articles on the subject were often long and complicated. But an 1860 issue of Millennial Harbinger included this succinct rule: Teach them that the only sure and easy way to appear good is to be good.
Let’s all learn that one and do our best to teach it.