"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6
When I was a kid, I remember sitting in the chair with my dad watching the Dodgers play baseball. When the Dodgers were winning, my dad was happy. When they were losing, he wasn't too thrilled. I learned to love the Dodgers because my dad loved the Dodgers. Before he died in 1989, I remember watching the Dodgers win the World Series with my dad. We high-fived each other, stood up and screamed, and danced around our living room! Those were some of the best memories I have of my dad. But those aren't the most important ones. I also remember my dad going to church. I remember my dad singing in church. I remember my dad praying. I remember my dad studying his Bible. I remember my dad teaching me how to sing, how to pray, and how to study the Bible. I believe I am a Christ follower today because my dad showed me the way. Paul says in Ephesians 6:4, "Fathers, do not exasperate you children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." I am so glad my dad did that.
Recently, I was checking my son's phone. I always like to look at what he's been looking at on the web and the messages he's been sending to his friends. I noticed that he had been searching for a Dodgers baseball cap:) You see, my son now loves the Dodgers:) I am sure, like I was with my dad, that Jacob loves the Dodgers because I love the Dodgers. He has a couple of t-shirts and a couple of jerseys. It makes my heart smile. But I also know that my son admitted his sin before God and trusted in Jesus to save him. We sing together, pray together, and study the Word together. I am blessed by God to have been shown this by my dad, and I am blessed by God to be able to do the same thing with my son. Proverbs 22:6 says, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." Fathers, we can do a lot of things with our children. We can show them many things in life. But the absolute BEST thing we can do with our children and for our children is lead them in the ways of the Lord.