by Zach Terry

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The Role of Children (5 of 6)
Series: Haustafel
Zach Terry
Ephesians 6:1-3

I'm going to teach you today - 2 of the MOST IMPORTANT principles that a Parent ought to convey to their children before they are out of the home.

Growing up I spent a lot of time on the TN River. There were three kinds of boats/vessels that floated up and down that river. There were Barges, Motorboats and Jet Ski's.

My dad owned a large inboard motor boat and a small jet ski. I spent a lot of time on each of those vessels. But thankfully I learned to operate and drive the large boat first. So many times I saw guys my age who grew up on Jet Ski's then transitioned over to a Motorboat only to find out that they operate very differently. The lesson can sometimes be fatal. You see, you can turn a jet ski on a dime, but the motor boat doesn't obey so easily. You have to think ahead. You have to anticipate danger. Several times a day great barges would make their way down the river. It is almost impossible to turn those barges in the Tennessee River, much less stop them suddenly.

When kids are young their lives are like little jet skis, they can turn on a dime. As they grow into teenagers they become speedboats. As young adults they are barges, as senior adults they are Ocean liners. Our influence is very much limited as they grow. So please make sure you point them in a right direction while you can. Ask God to send the winds of truth that will make your job easier.

That's why the Bible says, ''Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.'' It does not say, train up an adult.

If you are going to make significant modifications in your son's or daughter's character you must do it while they are young - while they are jet ski's.

Psychologists tell us that -
• 60 Months or 5 Years is how long you get to form that child's will
• Another 120 Months or 10 years after that is how long you have to form their - Moral ...

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