“Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6
“The right path” is literally, “according to his [the child’s] way.” In the process of helping our children choose the right path, we must discern differing paths for each child. It is natural to want to bring up all our children alike or train them the same way. This verse implies that parents should discern the individuality and special strengths that God has given each one. While we should not condone or excuse self-will, each child has natural inclinations and gifts that parents can develop. By talking to teachers, other parents, and grandparents, we can better discern and develop the individual capabilities of each child.(Life Applications Study Bible)
I was watching this movie a couple of nights ago. “The Birth of a Nation” is a 2016 American-Canadian period drama film based on the story of Nat Turner, the enslaved man who led a slave rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia, in 1831. The interesting thing to me in this movie was the young Nat Turner was discovered very young, about 10 years old, able to read well. On a daily basis, he was taken in by the Mistress of the farm. His reading was advanced by the reading of the Bible, she sat with him daily and guided him. He eventually went on to be a preacher. Obviously, he inspired his nation through his preaching.
I am not a preacher yet but aspire to be one. I actually wrote a sermon around this. So the significance to me was, through his daily endeavours of reading and studying the Bible he went on to be a huge influence in his community. Even the white folk at the time respected him, considering he was a slave. In other words, his teaching empowered him to greater things.
Two things are important. His Mistress noted his talent and then did something about it. As parents and leaders, we must identify talent and needs; then we must do something about it as did Nat’s Mistress. Again that call to action. The commentator above makes the same observation. So don’t box people.
Secondly, many of us growing up made wrong choices. Yes, some are against our good judgement. There are also those times that we don’t know what the correct choice is. As parents and leaders, we are to provide the blueprint. Yes and much of it is in the Bible. Just as when you want to cook an outstanding meal, you seek the best recipe.
It’s up to us; we are to do and find the best knowledge and path. In my opinion, it’s right there in the Bible.
“Lord, I thank you for your wisdom. May we influence our worlds. Amen.”