by Joe Alain

What Every Child Needs - Part 1
Joe Alain
Proverbs 22:6

''Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.'' Proverbs 226, NIV. James Merritt tells the story of the young couple who had just purchased brand new appliances for their home and they decided to give their old refrigerator to their parents. Since they lived a pretty good distance from them, they just shipped the refrigerator to them.

A few days later the telephone rang and her mother said, ''Honey, we want to send you some money for the refrigerator.'' The daughter said, ''No, Mom, it's a gift. We want you to have it.'' The Mother said, ''But you could have sold it and made some money.'' The daughter said, ''Look, Mom, just consider it as a repayment for all those days that you took care of me when I was living at home.'' After a slight pause her mother said, ''In that case the refrigerator doesn't cover it.''

That story illustrates the truth that raising children, although a joy and a blessing can be filled with much pain, frustration and heartache too. The parenting task is undoubtedly one of the most challenging ones we face in life. What we do and how we do things is largely dependent upon how we were raised. And even when we have had good examples and sound advice we still wonder if we're doing things right. For many of us parenting has pretty much been a trial and error exercise and a continual work in progress. I've often thought, ''Why doesn't God give us more wisdom when we're younger because that's when we really need it! Every parent later on has had that thought, ''Oh, if I had only known then what I know now.''

Today everyone is an expert on raising children and sometimes people give advice about things that they have no clue about or experience with. There's a lot of advice on raising children, some good and some terrible. However, the most neglected advice and instruction for the home and the family is found in the Bible! If we are God's c ...

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