The world is a terrible, but effective teacher. Earl Schenck Miers, a famous American historian, declared, “Precisely for what motives educators and publicists are pulling my leg by giving a new name to an old malady that we once cured with sulfur and molasses is difficult for me to understand. Historically, the Beat Generation is the bunk, and I know it and they should. Since the days of Cain and Abel, kids have been feeling sorry for themselves, and acting like goofs as a consequence, and blaming everyone else.”

Do you ever feel like you are fighting a losing battle against the world in your child training efforts? Our kids are constantly inundated with worldly values: Homosexuality is taught as a legitimate sexual preference. Teens are expected to experiment with sex before marriage, and are thus instructed in the use of contraceptives. Discipline and respect for parental authority has taken a back seat to permissive parenting. The immorality, profanity, and violence on television and in video games have also had a negative effect on our children.

The world is a terrible teacher for our kids, but I want to show you a better way of child training — God’s way. But first things first: before you can have a right relationship with your children, you must have a right relationship with God. This relationship will affect all others.

A right relationship with God means realizing that you and your children are sinners. You must understand that your sin keeps you from having a relationship with God. In fact, it condemns you to Hell. But God in His mercy sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty you and your children deserve. He died on the cross and shed His blood to pay for all of your sins. Three days later, He rose from the dead, proving His payment had been accepted. When you put your trust in Him as your Savior, you can begin a life-changing relationship with God which can also transform your parenting.

I hope you will take the first step toward becoming a great parent today. It all starts right here.

Training a child to follow Christ is easy for parents — all they have to do is lead the way. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.