Tuesday, November 27

how's the taste?

A couple of days ago I read something interesting about the "train up" which comes from the familiar verse of Proverbs 22:6. Here it is:

The root meaning for the term "train up" is "palate or roof of the mouth". The Arab midwife would take olive oil or crushed dates on her finger and rub the palate of a newborn baby to create in the infant a desire to suck. A real meaning of "training" is to create a taste or desire. Our task is to develop in our children a hunger or desire for spiritual things, to cultivate an urge to follow God. ~ David Jeremiah

As I've been pondering this a bit, I thought about how people cultivate a hunger or desire. It typically doesn't just happen on its own. An example would maybe be my kids reading about soccer. May sound like something they'd like to do. They could buy the soccer shoes and soccer ball. Find a water bottle. Talk to someone who plays soccer. Sit on the couch and watch a soccer game on TV. But the clincher would probably be once they put into action all they've read about and watched as they go out on a soccer field and actually played the game.

And isn't that somewhat like what we do with our spiritual training of our children. We can read them Bible stories. Give them their own devotionals as they get older. Have additional resources available for further study. Allow them to participate in children's ministries. Let them watch their parents walk of faith. And then when they leave our home our hope is that they, too, will have a desire to continue serving the God they've grown to love.

Let them watch their parents walk of faith. I think of the coach that one of my daughter's had this fall for soccer. He was actually the goalie for the high school soccer team and loved playing the game. Not only did he have great knowledge to pass onto the kids on his team, but he was actively practicing and playing the game at the same time he was coaching. And he brought to the team an enthusiasm for the game. His example certainly cultivated a love for the game in the kids on his team.

Let them watch their parents walk of faith. How are we doing as parents? As moms that are home full time with our children, are we taking the knowledge we have from God's Word and practicing it in front of our children? Do we have an enthusiasm and joy from knowing the Lord that we live out on a daily basis? Do we stop and pray when necessary with them, praise God with them, ask for their forgiveness when we mess us, and thank God as He blesses us? Are we actively and moment by moment running the race or is it just a Sunday morning thing?

"Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!" - Psalm 139:23-24

May our walk with the Lord before our children be something that develops a taste in our children for their own walk of faith with Him!

Tammy ~@~

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