Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.—Proverbs 22:6
Parents today are engaging in ways that are much different from previous generations. Sports and competitive events are consuming the time, energy, and money of parents, grandparents, and kids of all ages. While many focus on the negative impact on long-standing spiritual traditions, I wonder if there could be a positive side? Could this be a path of reengagement in a society where the family unit is disengaged and under attack? Is this a way to recapture time with children that reinforces character, ethics, and even spiritual values?
Time will tell the real story, but distancing ourselves from the world and sports is not the answer. "Training up a child in the way" requires engagement. It infers parents must invest time, energy, and money. And while there are unhealthy levels of recreational engagement that turn into idolizing the wrong things, we are called to train in a world full of idols that tempt our children, and us, at every turn.
DO THIS: Engage. Train others how to think and act biblically.
PRAY THIS: God, give me one opportunity today to show someone Your Way.