Dr. Haim Ginott once said, “Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.” Ginott couldn’t have been more right. Children are incredibly impressionable. They watch our words, our actions, and our examples. We’ve all heard the phrase, “like father, like son,” or “like mother, like daughter.” Children are often shaped and molded into what their parents have made them. Since kids are so sensitive, certainly this is why abuse is so damaging. Our children are very pliable and susceptible, which is why it is so very important to raise them right.
Without a doubt, the best way to raise children is to bring them up “in the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). This is done by teaching them about God (Psalm 78:3-4). This is done through discipline (Hebrews 12:11). This is done through our example. Above all else, this is done with a heavy dose of love (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).
Parenting is tough work, but it can be incredibly fulfilling. Parents have been given the vital task of bringing their kids to the Lord and helping them follow Him. Really, this is the whole goal! If we are able to do this, then certainly we will be able to echo John’s great words, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth” (3 John 4).