When Proverbs instructs parents to train up their children in the way they should go, we of course know it is speaking primarily in spiritual terms. Without the "One Thing" in life, none of the "Other Things" in life really matter. That "One Thing" being knowing Jesus and making Him known.
In regards to training my daughter's to be keepers at home, I use this verse to spur me on as I flesh out that training. Sometimes it's much easier to just do the work myself; other times I'm simply so busy with academics and life in general that I fail to plan out how I will implement the training of my daughters. And as all homeschool moms know first hand, what we fail to plan almost always fails to happen. So I'm currently working on being a more active planner!!
Today, for instance, isn't just about Saturday chores. It's about the bigger picture ~ one day each of my 4 daughter's will be running a household of their own, Lord willing (see James 4:13-14). Rather than just having Saturday-chores-as-usual, we are learning how to manage homes in preparation for the future. Sure, it takes more work on my part, but isn't this the work He has called me to? What better use of my time could there be than working as unto the Lord in training up my daughter's in the way they should go, and honoring my husband and his wishes for our girls in the process?
I'm going to thoroughly enjoy my Saturday as I focus on the Lord and enjoy the blessing and responsibility of training up 4 young ladies to be fit for service in the Kingdom of God. Oh, and don't worry...I haven't forgotten my son! He has already been busy this morning checking the pressure on all my tires and using the air compressor to fill them to pressurize them correctly. After he finishes coaching Learn to Skate at the ice rink this morning, he will come home to do his household chore for today, study for his SAT II subject tests, and swap out the water in his '79 Camaro's radiator for 1/2 water, 1/2 anti-freeze. My husband may even have some additional "Manly Training" for him this weekend ~ and next week he turns 18, so I guess he ought to be fully trained in manliness by now, right?!
Lord bless your Saturday!
Day 53 done :)
Jan L. Burt