Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Inspiration Thursday - Teach Your Children Well

Every once in a while I spend a few hours in flea markets.  I love wandering through the booths to see what is there and wonder where the items came from and how did they find themselves in a 10x10 booth in a flea market. This is one of those pieces that makes you ask, "What story does it tell?"  Did someone purchase it as a source of inspiration for themselves or was it received as a gift?  Did it occupy the prominent corner of an office desk or simply reside on a bookshelf at home? Did this item truly inspire someone to better things?  We will never know.  Before I retired, I spent a great deal of my professional life trying to be that person in the first line.  Now days I spend most of my time in the number two and three slot in the eyes of the world.  What are you trying to make happen? If you truly want to make things happen, spend your time improving your relationships with your family. Spend your time teaching your children how to be mature, responsible adults.  Grand parents, use your time with the grand kids wisely to show them what truth looks like. Contrary to popular opinion, they don't learn honesty, integrity, dependability, and work ethic on their own.  Someone has to teach it to them.    The world is filled with self-help, self-improvement books, but the best book for teaching others how to walk tall in this world is the Bible.  2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, for correction for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." Proverbs 22:6 tells parents to "Train up a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." God's Word leaves little doubt that it is the responsibility of the parents and grandparents to teach the children how to be responsible citizens. Spiritual education should not be neglected. In fact, the most important lessons a child can learn are those taught in scripture. The best place in this world that they can be found is "Stand on the Promises and Leaning on the Everlasting Arms." Teach your children and your grandchildren well. Have a blessed day.


  1. Love the video. My mother liked this song very much, but this is jazzed way up.

    Have a blessed day my friend. ☺

  2. Great post, I second your statement about the Bible being the best "self help" book ever.

    I saw something today that said something to the effect "Be the person you needed when you were younger." That made me think a little bit.