Published August 6, 2013
"Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6)
Growing up, I remember my parents giving instructions for life situations. They expected me to live a life that would bring credit to our family and to the Lord. .
They also taught, perhaps even more, by the lives they lived. I saw their actions and knew the good reputation they had in the community.
For a period of time, my mom cleaned at the bank in town. It was my job to go with her after school and help with dusting, emptying trash cans and other smaller jobs.
One evening when we entered the bank, the vault door was standing open. Bags of money were clearly visible. Immediately, mom called the bank president to alert him.
"Does it look like someone broke in? Is anything else disturbed?"
"No. The vault is standing open but nothing else seems out of place."
"OK. Close the vault and we'll check it out tomorrow."
The bank president had no fear that the money would be taken. He felt no need to come to the bank and check on the security of the funds. There was total trust in the honesty of my mom.
Obviously, I was impressed that her honesty was so well known. I wanted to have that kind of trust from people, as well.
"Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6).
Parents put your children on the right track, so they won't derail later.
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