Ever since I learned how to read, I have been infatuated with books. Reading is one of the greatest habits I have ever adopted.
And there are sports. From the time I could walk, I was playing some type of sport. I grew up amongst athletes, and it was their influence and example that shaped my life.
Charles Swindoll said, “Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” Reading and sports have a large holding in my memory bank. Along with the good, there is also a wide array of the bad. Maybe someday, I will share them as well. But not today.
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.Proverbs 22:6
I often wonder what will go into my son’s memory bank that he will carry throughout his life. But why should I wonder. I have an active part in his training. I might not know what he will do when he grows up, but I have a good idea of who he will be.
By example and through teaching, children need to be trained. For what they do in their youth is what they will carry with them into adulthood. It is not enough to leave their training in the hands of others. Parents must be the ones to train them.