But I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil.
By most standards, I had an unusually sheltered upbringing. Believe it or not, I don’t recall ever hearing a word of profanity before graduating from high school. Due to some intentional choices my parents made for our family, I knew almost nothing about the popular movies or television programs of the day.
But by God’s grace and the influence of godly parents, by the time I headed off for college, I was blessed with some rare gifts: I knew the difference between right and wrong. I had been given a solid overview of the Bible. I’d hidden large portions of Scripture in my heart, had a basic understanding of the major doctrines of Christian faith, and could sing from memory all the stanzas of many theologically rich hymns.
Even more important than “knowing” all these things, I had a vital, growing relationship with the Lord Jesus—a relationship that would sustain me when I was out on my own and would motivate me to want to make God-honoring choices once I was outside the protective walls of our home. The “faith of our fathers” had become my own.
I’m not boasting about any of these things. I cannot take any credit for them at all. But I share them to remind you that children will often cultivate an appetite for what they are fed in their earliest, formative years and for that which they know claims the true affections of their parents.
Only the grace of God can cause the light to go on in the hearts of kids raised in even the most godly families. However, I’m convinced that you can’t underestimate the value of children growing up in an environment where parents love God fervently and where they prize what is pure, good, and eternal.
How are you infusing truth into your children’s hearts and minds? Are there any influences in your home that are countering that input? If you don’t have children of your own, pray for some parents you know who want their children to love and follow Christ.
Excerpted from The Quiet Place: Daily Devotional Readings by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth. Used with permission.
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NANCY DEMOSS WOLGEMUTH
Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth has touched the lives of millions of women through Revive Our Hearts and the True Woman movement, calling them to heart revival and biblical womanhood. Her love for Christ and His Word is infectious, and permeates her online outreaches, conference messages, books, and two daily nationally syndicated radio programs—Revive Our Hearts and Seeking Him.