“Will I be a good parent? Will I be able to raise a godly child?” must be on the mind of every responsible parent. The writer of Proverbs wrote “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6.
How would a parent raise a godly child?
- Dedicate, your child to God and seek His blessings
- Nurse the child for good health
- Teach spiritual and moral values
- Discipline in the paths of righteousness.
Initiate the child at the beginning of life’s pathway so that as a godly child he will be able to walk with the Lord even from his early years and choose how he is to conduct himself every step he takes. Show him the duties, the dangers, and the blessings of the path, give him directions how to perform the duties, how to escape the dangers and how to secure the blessings which all lie before him.
Fix these on his mind by daily inculcation, till their impression is become indelible, then lead him to practice by slow and almost imperceptible degrees, till each indelible impression becomes a strongly radicated habit. Beg incessantly the blessing of God on all this teaching and discipline.
Reference above: Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible
I attended my 5 years-old niece’s Methodist Church kindergarten graduation celebration last week. It was very impressive as I found out what a difference it has made in my niece’s life by the teaching of Bible stories, songs in praise of God, exercises and projects which reinforced Christian values and built her mind, faith and habits up in totally absorbing and creative ways. At the end of the graduation ceremony we were grateful to the Lord that my niece had a Christian kindergarten education. It was really good to witness the confidence, recitation of Scriptures and its applications in the items presented by the graduating classes. It was uplifting to witness the kids sing praises to God.
Our prayer is that the good work that has begun will continue in the young lives till the day of Jesus Christ. Yes, there was the benediction which committed them into the care of the Lord which was really meaningful to the kids.
If you are a parent and have a choice, be encouraged to go for Christian education rather than secular. The difference in results is most obvious in Sunday School which is attended by children from Christian and the secular kindergartens. Give your child a headstart as he learns from an early age, to fear the Lord. It is the beginning of wisdom.