starting well matters
wether in regards to spiritual matters
parenting practices or
consider with me for a moment a few scenarios:
Speaking as a former first grade teacher
it was OBVIOUS the children who were started well
the children who had been read to at an early age and those who had not…
children who were interacted with, taught appropriate behaviors and manners outside of the classroom
and those whose parents left it “up to the teacher”
those who were started well at home
typically ended our year together leaps and bounds ahead of the others
Next, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and consider your friends, my friends
kids in our neighborhood
those who were given limitations, certain expectations, a curfew
and those, who for various reasons had little rearing and/or were left to “find their own way”
but more times than not
and last but certainly not least
let’s take a moment to consider our spiritual health, our loved ones, our friends, neighbors, coworkers
those who have started well
their relationship with Christ
those who have accepted the invitation of simple faith and truly repented,
“…As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted…in Him…” Col 2:6-7a
since accepting Him as Savior
have made it a practice to regularly read His word
serve and share with others what HE has done
those who speak of faith and LIVE FAITHFULLY
there is a difference.
will it guarantee a life of ease? no.
but it helps.
when the hard days come, and they will
having started well
is it too late? NO.
His grace is NEW each day.
If your journey didn’t start well
If your parenting practices aren’t working
by His grace