Your Child’s Personal Trainer

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When Abram (later Abraham) learned that enemies had captured his nephew Lot, he led out his 318 trained men and rescued him. I wonder how that would have turned out if Abram had not made sure they were trained ahead of time.

David set apart Asaph and his four sons, Heman and his fourteen sons, and Jeduthun and his six sons to serve in public worship in the house of the Lord. King David directed the fathers. Each of the fathers directed his own sons. All of these men and their relatives were trained in singing to the Lord (1 Chronicles 25:1-7). Wouldn’t you have loved to have heard those 288 trained voices praising God?

Many professionals understand the need for training to help them polish their skills. Professional athletes have personal trainers who help their bodies be in prime condition. A professional speaker may have a voice coach to help him maximize his speaking abilities.

A high school basketball coach instructs a player in Eufaula, Oklahoma in 1940. Courtesy Library of Congress
A high school basketball coach instructs a player in Eufaula, Oklahoma in 1940. Courtesy Library of Congress.

People aren’t born with the innate ability to do what they need to do. Everyone needs training. Training is not a once and done kind of thing. Training takes place day in and day out.

Children can receive bad training accidentally. A child who grows up with an alcoholic parent receives lots of training and it often takes years to undo it. The apostle Peter tells of people who have hearts “trained in greed” (2 Peter 2:14).

However, godly training is intentional. Godly training involves specific parental decisions, both big ones and daily ones. It involves daily follow-through year after year.

Timothy had two personal trainers, his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice. You are serving as the personal trainer of your children. Bravo.

You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of,
knowing from whom you have learned them,
and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings
which are able to give you the wisdom
that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching,
for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
so that the man of God may be adequate,
equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:14-16

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