“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”
Proverbs 22:6 NIV
When we were kids, our parents taught us about God and the values of life. Those values and teachings still firm until today into our hearts.
As my father worked in the farm, we often went there with him. The trip from our home to the farm was about an hour. I remember that he always used that time in the car to talk to us, to teach us, to question us, so we could grow into making our own decisions based in the way we see this world and in what we believed to be truth.
The things that we learn as a child are rooted very deep into our hearts. Either good things or bad things. As we grow up, we must make sure that what is good stays inside and be able to change what was wrong.
As a father now, I see the importance of teaching my kids. It is a huge responsibility. But the way our society is set, kids spend much more time with teachers and friends, rather than their own family. The result is that we (parents) tend to leave the teaching to the school, to the outside world.
I don’t want that for my family. I want to be able to talk to my children, to teach them, to help their growth, to question them, to correct them. That is my responsibility as a father.
The result of my efforts I will only see in the future. When they all will be grown up.
Hopefully by that time I have no regrets in how I educate them.
Heavenly Father, help me to be a good father. Help me to educate my kids, teaching them about your ways, your Word. Help me to control my temper if I’m too stressed out. Help me to understand the importance in every talk, in every moment that I spend with them. Help me to look at you, and reflect the good Father you are, so I can be a good father to my kids. In Jesus’ name, I pray.