“You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”

Deuteronomy 11:19

Most household sponges that we use today are synthetic, but many people are surprised to learn that real sponges were at one time living sea animals. When a live sponge is removed from the sea and its living matter is cleaned out, it becomes useful for household purposes. The skeleton that remains, with its open-celled structure, can soak up and absorb liquid.

Children are like sponges. They soak up attitudes and ideas with which they come in contact. We must be very careful, therefore, about what is allowed to fill their minds.

What are your children absorbing in your home? What are they getting from television and from magazines? As they listen to your conversations, what kind of words and attitudes are being taken in? Are you setting a good example of love for the Lord and concern for others? Is there a warm spiritual emphasis in your home? Are you doing what you can to fill their hearts with God’s Word?

Having children does not make a man a father. A real father according to God is one who knows the Bible, one who teaches those precepts to his children, and one who lives by its standards. A man that is failing in being a spiritual leader is truly a failure because his children will grow up ignorant of the word, morality, and sin and will fall into the devil’s vices and traps or rapid destruction. To teach doesn’t mean to only pass along information; it means to teach by living as an example, and to correct with love when it is necessary ensuring that what we teach is not confused by what they hear and see you doing.

When children become adults, they will give out what they have taken in during their formative and impressionable years. Let’s make sure that those little “sponges” in our homes soak up what is pure, wholesome, and uplifting.

The values children absorb now are sure to flow out later.


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