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Parents get deeply excited and involved with what their children are doing in school. They make sure the children prepare for classes. They make sure the children never miss a class, a practice or an event. They are even there with them. They send their children to all kinds on clinics and training sessions, even at great cost. 

Parents provide their children with whatever they need to succeed in those areas, but then when it comes to God, things are different. If most parents could get as excited about spiritual things for their children as they do over those earthly things, we would see a real difference in the faith of our youth. “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). 

What is your child studying in Bible Class? Do they have a book and do they prepare for Bible classes? Do your children participate in youth devotionals? Do they attend summer Bible Camp? Do you study the Bible with them and talk about what is important? 

Parents, you push your children hard and pressure them to learn and participate in things that will last only a few short years. Why not push and pray and plead and trail and lead in order to get them to heaven for eternity? How important is your child’s spiritual life to you? You young people who do not yet have children should prepare and plan now to have the focus on God when you are married with children!

Charles Box
Walnut Street Church of Christ
Greenville, AL

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