The Sunday Message

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)

From CBS News in Denver

Haylie Wenke, her little brother Reagen, and friend Ashley Dayton were doing what some kids do on a hot summer day in Aurora on July 18, visiting their local park to cool off at the splash pad.

On the way home, they found a wallet under a car, so they picked it up and took it to the front door of the house. In a video posted to Facebook by Jamie Carlton from his doorbell camera, Haylie can be heard saying, “We found your wallet outside your car and we just thought we would give it back to you so I’m going to put it over here so nobody takes any money.”

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The Sunday Message

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.         – Proverbs 22:6 (KJV)

Here’s a more contemporary version (same verse):

Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.        – Proverbs 22:6 (NLT)

I’m a little late in posting “The Sunday Message” today because I was on the road Friday and Saturday, plus I was being a little lazy.

The opening verse (above) Proverbs 22:6 came to mind a lot this weekend. We dropped our daughter off for college on Friday. We moved her into her dorm, and then we toured the college. Later that day she attended scheduled events while we did some shopping in town. We spent the night and said goodbye the next morning.

There were hundreds of other parents doing the same thing. We were kind of all in the same boat.

I am a softy. This milestone has made me sad and happy at the same time. There were some smiles from me and some tears that I tried to hide. It was raining lightly when we left so I could say the tears were raindrops…

After her high school graduation, I felt like I was running out of time to tell her everything she needed to know about life. Where did all the time go?

Of course, she knew most everything I had to say already, but I could still spend a good 20-30 minutes explaining in detail how to do laundry, or 15 minutes about what not to do when she attends parties, plus I could tell her over and over my number one rule that boys are bad.

She’ll be fine. I’m not sure about me.


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The Sunday Message

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6 (KJV)

Many of us who have attended church or read the Bible have heard that verse from Proverbs many times. That was the King James Version of the verse; here is another version of the verse from the New International Version:

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

It’s graduation season for high school and college students. This year (2016) is special to me and my family because this is the year that our daughter graduates from high school.

My youngest child graduates from high school. Wow.

So now I am kind of in a panic wondering if I did enough to prepare my little baby for life after high school. I thought about preparing a list of things to watch out for, but that would probably not be cool (and probably take a few weeks to complete). I imagine I’ve already talked about most of the things that I would put on the list often over the past few years. Many times as she headed out the door I would give final instructions like, “Watch out for this” and “Be careful about that.”

I’m boasting here, but I’ve been blessed with two great kids. By the way, my wife should get most of the credit for this.

It seems just like yesterday that they were starting school and heading there with backpacks almost as big as they were. When I was young, I attended several schools due to my dad’s job, and it was tough for me. So it was important for me to let my kids stay in one school district and we were able to accomplish this. Make no mistake about it; the Great Falls Public Schools are exceptional schools with wonderful teachers.

One rule we had in our house was that our kids had to attend church. They were also expected to serve or volunteer some in the church. They mostly did this and I think that helped them a lot in their teen years. I know it helped me when I was a teenager.

One other thing that helped them was prayer. As they got older and were on their own more, I prayed that God would place other Christians in their paths.

That prayer was answered over and over. Maybe it was another teenager or a young adult or a leader in the church, but God answered my prayers. I will continue to pray for that.

I also prayed hard when they went out at night on their first solo drive or when the roads were slick or when I heard sirens late at night and my children were not at home.

When the lights came on in the garage as they approached home, I thanked God many times for their safe return. Then I tried to act cool as they walked in the door, by saying, “Hey- how’s it going?”

As graduation approached for each of my children, a panic kind of came over me – because I wonder if they are prepared. It’s worse for my daughter’s graduation because she is the baby of the family and my sweet innocent daughter.

As parents, we know that graduation is just another step in becoming adults. With God in their lives, I think they have a good foundation.

Congratulations to all the graduates of 2016!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV

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The Sunday Message

May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young

-‘Forever Young’ by Bob Dylan

Proverbs 4:1 (NIV)
Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.

When we were young, we relied on our parent(s) to provide us with knowledge, instruction, and correction. As we ventured into our teen years, we felt that we had all the answers. When we were teenagers, we didn’t think our parents knew very much. They were not cool or hip. Then as we grew into our 20s, we started to realize that ol’ mom and dad knew a few things and we started to rely on them for their wisdom.

Fortunately, I have been the teenager who did not think my parents were cool, and I have been the parent that was not cool.

I think it’s a lot tougher to go through the teen years today, than it was when I was a teen. I try to remember the quote “Be a parent, not a best friend.” Adam Sandler probably said it best when he said, “Now that I’m a parent, I understand why my father was in a bad mood a lot.”

Proverbs 22:6 tells us, Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Have a great week!