The Family Altar
D.L. Shepherd

The spiritual leadership which can only be found in the Christian home is of infinite value.

One of the best ways to start training up a child is for the home to maintain daily family worship.  The foundations of our lives are laid in our homes.  Many of our deepest experiences center there.  Tomorrow the child you are training today will look back and remember the happy hours spent around the family Bible.  What a great responsibility you who are parents face today!

There is a story of a man who believed that children should not be taught religion, but should grow up and choose for themselves.  One day he visited a friend who knew of his theory.  Upon leaving, he said to his friend, "I forgot to look at your flowers."  His friend replied, "I decided not to plant any flowers this spring but to wait till October and let the garden decide for itself whether it will  grow flowers or weeds."

Over 200 years ago Alexander Pope said, As the twig is bent, the tree is inclined.

Over 2000 years ago Paul said, Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Over 3000 years ago, Hosea said of those who turned away from God, They have sown to the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.

All these statements are undeniably true.  Christ said, Suffer the little children . . . to come unto me.  He knew that as the twig decides the fate of the tree it is to become, so the child decides the fate of the man he is to become.

How important is the spiritual climate that prevails in the home!  Real interest in the Scriptures, sincere prayer, genuine Christian conversation, these and many more things help to create an atmosphere in which unfeigned faith is nourished and grows.

Resolve now to start molding that boy or girl in the Christian way of life.  Build or repair the family altar!

Train Up a Child
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