How To Train Up A Child
Take your Bibles and turn with me please to Proverbs chapter twenty-two and verse six. An oft quoted verse. But I want us to take a fresh look at it. It has a word of instruction and a word of promise for us. Train up a child in the way that he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. Now look up here at me. Let me tell you something. Norman Evans did not learn how to play football by reading books about football nor even by watching football games on Sunday. How did he learn to play football? He was trained to play football. This' verse does not say teach a child in the way that he should go and when he is old he shall not depart from it. There is a difference between teaching and training. And many parents do not know that difference and therefore they are losing their children. Nan Gill did not learn how to sing that way by listening to music alone. Nor by reading books about music. She has a trained voice. Norman Evans is a trained athlete. Your responsibility is to train our children. Now you teach them the way that they shall go and somebody else can come along and teach them another way and they might go the other way. But the Bible says that when you train a child in the way that he should go, when he's old he will not depart from it. That doesn't mean he's going to be, get to be a grown man and then come back. The word when he is old literally has the idea of uh hair on the chin, a little peach fuzz, that is, when he reaches the age when many teenagers go astray he will stay. She will stay. Train a child. Drill that child. When that child reaches puberty and maturity they will keep on loving Mana's God. Keep on loving Daddy's savior. Our dictionary says to train means to prepare for a contest. It mans to instruct by exercise. It means to drill. It means to form to a proper shape. It means to discipline for use. A lot of you fellows hunt birds. And you've got birddogs. And you train that bird dog. ...
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