Expressions from our Youngest

Expressions from our Youngest
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

SOAP - Week 4: Sirach

SOAP: Scripture verse, Observation, Application, and Prayer.

S - "He who reveres his father will live a long life; he obeys the Lord who brings comfort to his mother."  (Sirach 3: 6)

O - It is so important for children to honor their parents.  Children should put their family before their friends.  When children put friends first at too young of an age, they lack the God-given wisdom that comes from parents to lead and direct them.  It is natural when a child is older to start becoming more independant.  Nevertheless, I observe too many younger children who think they know it all when they are too young.  Children need to know what their duties are toward their parents as Sirach 3 explains or they can be mislead in life.

A -  No wonder teachers in the school system can have a hard time teaching children when the children lack the discipline that only a parent can instill in their young child.  God has designed parents to be the primary educators of their children, especially while they are young.  If the education system takes up too much of your valuable time with your young child, try another approach where you have more time with your young child.  For example, homeschooling is a wonderful way children learn to have a valuable work ethic.  Anyone can teach academics to elementary age children.

P - I pray that all parents realize how precious their children are and know that God has given them their children because he believes they are the best suited to teach them.

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