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. Our children are very pliable and susceptible, which is why it is so vital to raise them right.
Without a doubt, the best way to raise children is to bring them up “in the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). We must teach them about God (Psalm 78:3-4). We must discipline the right way (Hebrews 12:11). We must display a godly example to follow. Above all else, everything must be 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 training our kids to follow the Lord and helping get them to heaven. When we boil it down, this is all that really matters.
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).
2 thoughts on “Wet Cement”
Good points as always. Children are so impressionable. They do EVERYTHING we do because they learn from us. It’s a warning to be careful. I’m not a parent but if I ever become one, I hope I do as well as I can with the Lord’s guidance.
Good thoughts Parker. That’s the right attitude!