“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6 ESV)
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word training? Is it a Power Point Presentation, a set of weights, running, a laptop, throwing a ball around? The word training can trigger different views of what it represents, but notice none of these are in reference to ethics, values, core believes, etc. If we look at the scripture, we can see it is not referring to an occupation or a professional setting. It is referring to a ‘trained’ lifestyle.
The tone of a lifestyle is set by the choices we are taught (trained) to make and the choices we choose to make. Many times, we aren’t taught (trained) directly, but we learn indirectly by observing our parents or those around us that have an influence over our lives. We begin to form habits based on what we are trained to do; thus, a lifestyle is born.
We all receive some form of training from our parents as we grow, whether directly or indirectly. It’s training through experiences, through word usage, through movie choices, through music selection, through the choice of friends. We are training our children everyday based on the lifestyle we have birth in our own lives. This can create a great opportunity for parents to influence their children; however, did you know generations can be trained the wrong way as much as the right way?
Are the younger generations being trained in the ways of the Lord or the ways of the world? When we are faced with a challenge, do we run to our friends, the refrigerator or do we run to God, do we choose to pray? Every choice we make is a model to those observing us. Our choices matter! The scripture teaches us whatever training we are giving the generations after us, they will not depart from it. Let’s exercise wisdom in the training we are imparting as this scripture reminds us it will become their lifestyle… even when they get old, they will not depart from it.
Recommended Reading: Proverbs 1:7, 4:24, 6:6-8, 11:25, 13:20, 23:7
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the wisdom that is found in your word. You’ve left a training manual behind for me to help guide and direct the next generations. I pray that my understanding will be increased to grasp the immense influence I have over those I am currently training. I give you all the glory, all the honor, and all the praise. In Jesus’s name. Amen!