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)
The Hebrew word translated “train up” in Proverbs 22:6 is chanak. It means to narrow, to discipline, to dedicate. “Chanak” or “dedicate” is a construction term. So what is the Lord telling us? I believe that He is encouraging us to help our children find out what they are dedicated to become, to prepare them to live God’s plan for their life.
We want to lead our children in a saving relationship with Jesus. We want them to develop the gifts that God has given them and to prepare for the path that God wants each of them to walk. Developing gifts and preparing children for their life journey takes time, prayer, and patience. There are some skills that all of your children should share and there are others that are unique to each child. God will give us the resources to help each of our children develop the gifts that He has given them.
There are three areas of knowledge/skills children should have.
- Life Skills
- Academic Skills
Ask the Lord to show you how to help your children develop the abilities that He has given them. God will provide the resources you need to help them develop the skills He wants them to have. In fact, the most important spiritual and down-to-the-ground practical thing you can do for your children is PRAY. Keep them lifted up before the Lord constantly.
- their salvation.
- their growth as Christians.
- them to have a desire to read the Bible.
- them to be faithful as witnesses for Jesus.
- their protection.
- their education.
- them to have Godly friends.
- their future spouses.