Early childhood education begins at home. From the very first moment a child opens its eyes, hears a noise from any source, experiences warmth or cold or feels the pangs of hunger, the opportunity to teach and learn is present and profound.
Though an infant does not know the difference between a Bible or catalog, the object will make an impression which will eventually be interpreted. And if there are more catalogs than Bibles, the child will one day understand the priorities of the parents.
Homes have walls and floors, shelves and ceilings. But what parents place on the walls or hang from the ceilings or place on the shelves is a choice. In my childhood home, everywhere we looked were objects that had a reference to God. I still remember my mother explaining or interpreting the meaning of pictures or using an old globe to tell a story about missionaries and what they did for Jesus. It was an important part of our family life. What I was taught through being “schooled at home” remains a very important part of my life and ministry today.
“Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding…When I was a boy in my father’s house and an only child of my mother…he taught me: keep my commands, get wisdom and understanding!” How precious!
“My son, I’m passing my wisdom to you that came from my father…when I was young and tender.” God’s wisdom was passed from grandfather to father to child. We are all passing on what is of value to us, too.
Prayer: Father, we each leave a legacy to everyone we meet. May it bring honor and glory to Your name! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 4:2-5 For I am giving you good guidance. Don’t turn away from my instructions. For I, too, was once my father’s son, tenderly loved as my mother’s only child. My father taught me, “Take my words to heart. Follow my commands, and you will live. Get wisdom; develop good judgment. Don’t forget my words or turn away from them.