5. Training up your children takes a lifetime.
There is a definitive time for training, especially when a child little with no knowledge of godly ways. But as a child grows, our training looks different. It’s a lifelong process for the child and the parent.
In each of my four children, this trajectory was different. My husband and I trained and modeled a godly lifestyle, but each child made the choice to follow God at various ages and stages.
There is sometimes a waiting period between training our children in the way they should go and when they are older, not departing from it. Sometimes the hardest part for us parents is the time in between. It is in this stage that praying may be the most important training we can employ.
6. Training in the way they “should go” does not guarantee they will go.
After our training, the choice to follow God is up to our children. There is a point when a child becomes an adult and makes choices for himself. As Paul said, “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, but when I became an adult, I put away childish things” (1 Corinthians 13:11).
The influence of training a child in God’s Word may seem to disappear from a child’s life, depending on their choices. But the Word of God is always there, working on each person.
“So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)
As parents, we don’t know when a child will make the choice to not depart from the godly training we taught and modeled. They may never stray too far from it, or God may use circumstances to bring them to himself.
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