“Train a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will not turn away from it.” ~ Proverbs 22:6
This verse is one that carries additional weight for me, now that I am a parent. Being a teacher, I always took it seriously before, but now that I am solely responsible for a little one of my own, it’s even more important.
One of the things I try to do every evening with my little boy is pray. At first this was very hard for me. Mostly because one of the first times I prayed with my little boy, we asked Jesus to tell Daddy hi for us. After I put my little guy in bed, I went to my own room and cried for a long time, because this wasn’t how things were supposed to be.
Now, every evening when we pray, we ask Jesus to tell Daddy hi for us. I hope that my son always remembers this, because I want it to remind him that his dad hasn’t abandoned us – that we know exactly where he is, with his Savior in heaven. And I hope that in modeling this for him, he will grow up closely following after Christ, since he will know that his father did before he was even born. In that way, my husband’s example will help mold and shape his son, even if he can’t be physically present to do it.