Raising Up Children

“Take heed to yourselves, that your heart not be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods, and bow down to them; and the anger of Jehovah glow against you, and He shut up the heavens, and there be no rain, and the ground not give her increase, and you perish quickly from off the good land which Jehovah is giving to you. And you shall lay these Words up in your hearts, and in your souls, and shall bind them for a sign on your hand. And they shall be for frontlets between your eyes. And you shall teach them to your sons by speaking of them as you sit in your house, and as you walk in the way, and as you lie down, and as you rise up. And [you] shall write them on the side posts of your house, and on your gates, that your days and the days of your sons may be multiplied in the land which Jehovah has sworn to your fathers, to give to them, as the days of the heavens over the earth. For if keeping you will keep this command which I am commanding you, to do it, to love Jehovah your God, to walk in all His ways, and to cleave to Him, then Jehovah shall dispossess all these nations from before you, and you shall possess nations greater and mightier than you” (Deuteronomy 11:16-23; underlining mine).

It is one thing to OBSERVE the often reheated, stale and bitter coffee on the counter top; it is quite another to actually TASTE it.

It is one thing to OBSERVE the jar of sweet honey in the cupboard; it is quite another to actually TASTE it.

The figure of observing as compared to tasting is what I thought of when reading the following quote by Timothy Dwight (this is not a blanket-endorsement of Dwight, nor a promotion of him as a true Christian):

“This work of raising up children from infancy to manhood is the most laborious of all our worldly concerns, and requires more efforts of both body and mind, more toil, care, patience, and perseverance than any other” (Timothy Dwight).