HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?
During a lunchtime conversation, a friend said to Samuel Coleridge, the famous poet, “Children should be given a free rein to think and act at an early age, and to make their own decisions.”
“Interesting,” said Coleridge. “Come with me. Let’s visit my flower garden.”
Walking outdoors together they came to a plot of ground that was in complete disarray. They stopped and Coleridge pointed and said, “Look at that.”
“That’s nothing but a bed of weeds,” protested the guest.
“It was a rose garden,” said the poet. “But this year I just let it grow as it willed, and look what happened to it.”
Children, like gardens, need to be well cared for and nourished, given structure and attention. It is critical that parents accept their responsibility to God as well as their children and provide a nurturing and disciplined lifestyle where Christ is always present.
Prayer: We ask, Father, that You give Your insight, strength, and direction to parents as they raise their children to honor You. May You be their example. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. Proverbs 22:6