Prov 22: 6(NIV) “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”
This verse speaks of the vision we have for our children. I once heard a well known Preacher misquote this verse as ‘train up a child in the way you want him to go….” and while we may not actually verbalize it, we so easily fall into the trap of pushing our children towards a future of our choosing rather than God’s! While there are Godly values and attributes that we would seek to instil in all those who come under our influence, only God knows their individual gifts, talents and destiny. Our job is to raise children (and influence them if not our own children) to grow up knowing and loving God and finding His will and purpose for their lives. I love how the Amplified Bible expounds the meaning of this verse. “Train up a child in the way he should go (and in keeping with his individual gift or bent), and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Let’s have a vision for a Church full of young people who are pursuing God’s destiny for their lives – realizing that it is never too late for us older ‘children’ to discover our God-given destiny if we haven’t already!
Ps Rhonda Woodward