“Train Up a Child in the Way He Should Go” | By Emily Lawson

Updated: Sep 28, 2020

My days are hectic. Adding in plans only makes them more stressful.

My husband had to work one Wednesday night, when we usually have church. He asked if I wanted him to help me load the car before he left so I wouldn’t have to do so much before taking the boys to church.

And it was then I said it.

“What’s the point?”

What’s the point in going to church by myself when I have a two year old that just wants snacks the whole time and a baby who wants to eat as soon as the message starts? What’s the point if I’m not able to participate? What’s the point if I don’t even get to hear what the preacher has to say?

And it hit me later that night, as I sat at home mind you, that I let the devil talk me out of a blessing. That easily.

Yes. Life was busy. There are a lot of things I could do with a few extra hours each week by skipping a service here and there. I don’t get a lot of downtime and I could definitely take advantage.

However, what am I teaching my two boys, who keep me constantly busy, when I skip church because I’m not able to stay in the sanctuary the whole time?

I’m teaching them that if they can’t give 100%, then you have to give 0%.

I’m teaching them that if life gets busy, it’s okay to put God on the back burner.

I’m teaching them that if you’re feeling overwhelmed, the solution isn’t giving it to God, it’s sitting on the couch at home.

I don’t go to church so that my husband can get a blessing. I go to church to worship the one that gave me new life, gave me my husband and kids, and gave me the amazing things in my life that make me so busy!

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

What are you training your children to do by your actions?

Are you training them that your body image defines you by constantly talking about how much you don’t like your waistline or hips?

Are you training them that problems are better solved by avoiding them?

Or, are you training them that God is the ultimate help in good and bad times?

Since my statement, I’ve been convicted to look at my actions, as I take them, and determine what I am showing my children.

I want to teach them that no matter my schedule, my size, or my mood, God is who I look too. That even if I can’t be there for the message, church is my safe place and God can provide just as much while I’m in the church, through the songs and testimonies, if that’s what I need.

My children are an amazing gift from God and my greatest job is training them up to serve the one that created them.

Each step is provided by Him and each step should be to glorify Him!

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