Training Up Our Children In the Shadow of COVID-19

Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." This scripture has been used throughout the ages as a source of direction and wisdom in not only dealing with but instructing the children that God blessed us with. In this time when the COVID-19 has reshaped the way we live our lives we have also seen many parents and grandparents called upon by schools and day cares to shoulder the task of teaching from home. Gone are the days when you simply get up and hand Johnny or Susie over to another teacher. No, no, parents are the teachers. For many of us this has been a huge adjustment. Did I say, “huge adjustment"? Just wanted to make sure.

Solomon's words may have indeed been written just for the year 2020 because parents around the world are all being called to this task of teaching and training their children. Who would have thought that we would see this in our lifetime? So the question is, “Are we simply teaching them math, history and grammar or are we instilling the principles of Christ Jesus that will stay with them long after this pandemic has passed? Will these spelling assignments also include instructions on how to pray in their own little way? Will they get instruction about numbers and fractions or will they have a clearer understanding about how when Jesus died,He created the greatest multiplication of love the world has ever known?

For generations the world will remember sheltering in place in the spring of 2020, but will their children receive training that will never depart? Let's all pray for parents around the world that they will balance out this negative experience with positive teaching.

And while you're in the praying mood, let's say a prayer for the next generation that is surely on the way and will need training as well.

In His Service,