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By Russell McLaughlin


Proverbs 22:6

6 Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.


Psalm 127:3-5

3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them;
They shall not be ashamed,
But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.


Mothers and Fathers have a great responsibility and opportunity to “train up a child”.  When we look at children the way God does it helps us nurture them. In Psalm 127 Solomon has three names for the children we raise and teach.  He calls them a “heritage”.  As to their origin, He speaks of them as the “fruit of the womb”.  He closed this short psalm by describing them as “arrows”.


            “Heritage”, is an unearned gift, conveying a blessing, desired.  It is also very personal – your heritage is not mine; it is something very special just for you.  That’s the reason a parent states, “I want you to know my son, my daughter.”  Others have sons and daughters – these are mine!  Heritage conveys the idea of a possession, which is assigned.  Children need to be viewed as belonging to God.  He assigns them to you.  Take care of your heritage and treat them with proper respect.


            “Fruit” is wholesome.  It is good for you.  It provides something nothing else can.  It conveys the idea of delight.  God intends the family for a special reward.  The “fruit of the womb” is God’s imparted blessing.


            Finally, children are “arrows”.  They are yours to aim.  They are yours to speed toward a target.  A great responsibility is placed in your hands.  God wants us to give them roots and wings. They were not designed for disappointment.  It is not their mission to embarrass.  It is their purpose to bless, not to make you ashamed.  When the crisis comes, those well-aimed arrows will successfully find the mark.  They will speak triumphantly to the “enemy in the gate”.  The defense you established will not perish with you, but courage and character will continue to shine brightly even after the parent’s task is done.


            You’ve no more glorious mission than to “train up a child in the way he should go” (Proverbs 22:6) and “bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). Then you will know why God said, “Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them”.


            Your “heritage”, “fruit”, and “arrows” are worthy of every hour you can invest in them.

            Today on Father’s Day we thank the Lord for the investment our dads make in their children’s lives.  Let’s all take time today and this week to pray for our families here at Midway.  May God bless us as we strive to have Christian homes.


            God Bless!

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