Train up a child…
This is such a well known verse and is perhaps the aim of many of our Christian nurseries and preschools around the country.
I love the photo of the two boys running off as there, just ahead, is a corner. We cannot see what is just around there. There is a mystery that we cannot solve!
Isn’t that like our aims with nurturing our youngest children? We do not know where God will lead them or where their path will go, but we pray that God will always be at the centre of their lives and decisions. How can we help to “train them”?
Much of what we do daily impacts them and show them God’s nature in action. How we are with each other, with families and with our little children will be a living demonstration of who God is, how He sees them and the plans He has for them.
Children playing in a Christian nursery have the wonderful opportunity to see God’s life and love in action daily. Their image of their heavenly Father will be influenced for ever by the atmosphere around them and the words of truth they hear. Be encouraged. You may have unsaved families and children who seem far away from God, but you are the ones who set the spiritual atmosphere in your nurseries.
You lead the way by example, by love and by faith. Never feel that what you are doing will not work. Be encouraged in the Lord. You are working with the word of God. Be confident. As you walk with Him and look to Him, as you expect help from Him, He will never fail you. He is training up those little children. It may be that you never see around that corner; never see where their lives go, but they are changed forever by being with you and in the daily presence of God.
Be encouraged – you are making a difference, a difference that will last for eternity!