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Today's featured devotional...
balancegirlBeing a parent today can feel somewhat overwhelming. It’s a constant balancing act. You don’t want to be the heavy, but at the same time you don’t want to be a big softy.

Think of a teeter-totter. Has your child ever been playing with another child on a teeter-totter when one of them sees something else they want to try and they jump off only to send the other child plummeting toward the earth? The teeter-totter becomes unbalanced. And the child who was left behind goes crashing to the ground, where he or she will stay until another child jumps on and balances things out.

Parenting is a lot like a teeter-totter. You need both sides to balance each other out so you can enjoy the ride. You and your child are responsible to keep the teeter-totter totting away efficiently. When your child is young, you do the majority of the totting and as your child grows older they take on more totting responsibilities until they find someone new (their husband or wife) to help them start their own little teeter-totter life with.

The Bible tells us in Proverbs 22:6, "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."

Notice that the verse says we are to train our children, not raise our children. There is a big difference between raising and training. Raising is providing for… providing food, providing shelter, providing sustenance. In raising, you are maintaining life.

But training means causing to change. In fact, the word training in the Hebrew means: To twist into greatness.

That word twisting implies that the training process is going to go against your child’s nature. But that’s really the point because your child’s nature is not a good one. Your child is born into this world with a nature that is bent towards sin. So we want to train them and help twist that nature out of them.

Your children have a will, and that will wants to do what it wants to do. So God has called godly parents to twist it out of them and to twist them into greatness.

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