Train up a child

This past Sunday I started teaching a class on parenting. A subtitle for the class is raising our kids in such a way that they grow up to be champions. I enjoy teaching this material very much because as we raised our 8 kids I was always on the lookout for wisdom as a parent that Patty and I could use in our desire to raise champions. Much of this wisdom- information I got from people that had raised good kids and I would quiz them on what they did. It often cost me the price of lunch or spending several hours driving to a meeting with one of these successful parents. One of my favorite sources was a professor at a Bible College who had a dozen kids and they were the most talented, godly, well behaved kids I had ever seen. When I asked for time to talk about how he pulled that off he said that if we wanted to take a night class from him on Romans that was held one night per week for 3 months he would give us 15 minutes after each class. It was a 90 minute drive one way to this class each week, but we did it, and the information that we received was amazing in its simplicity and in its effectiveness as we used it with our kids over almost 35 years.  It is nice to be able to pass this wisdom on to other parents who want to raise champions as well. Proverbs 24:3-4. Says “By wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established; And by knowledge the rooms are filled With all precious and pleasant riches.” Proverbs also says “that if we seek wisdom like gold, silver and prescious treasure we will find it”. I was obsessed with seeking for wisdom on how to raise good kids. I interviewed a number of obviously successful parents, read dozens of books, went to easily at least 50 seminars, and listened to more sermons that I purchased than I can count. I knew we had one chance to get it right with each of our kids, and I didn’t want to mess up, not even a little bit. I am surprised at how few people are genuine wisdom seekers the way Proverbs describes that pursuit. I think it is probably a pride issue where we don’t want to admit someone might know more than we do, or that we don’t know much. I also believe that it is that very act of humbling ourselves to ask and seek from others that God honors as He guides and gives wisdom. 

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