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Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6, Holy Bible, New King James Version)

An old children’s game was Follow the Leader. If the leader hopped, every child hopped. If the leader’s arms mimicked a flying bird, every child’s arms flapped. Those games seem to be long gone, replaced by technology, but the principle is still present.

A grocery where I shop recognizes the needs of teaching children to pattern after adults. A sign affixed to a miniature shopping cart identifies each of the young ones as a “Future Shopper in Training.” Those eager children push the tiny carts alongside the larger ones maneuvered by parents. A wise adult distributes the products between both carts, taking care to talk about the items placed in the tiny cart.

“Future Christian in Training” signs might be appropriate for young ones with dedicated parents or other adults who follow this proverb. They are providing miniature “shopping carts” for children to learn how to participate in prayer and worship.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for parents, grandparents, foster parents, Sunday School teachers, and others dedicated to training children to love You. Amen.

Devotion by Violet Carr Moore

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, Holy Bible, New King James Version)

When you need answers, where do you go? In our high technology world, it’s easy to key in a question online and view a list of responses. Clicks on social media websites connect you to online friends who offer their advice. You accept what others say—what sounds good—only to have your expectations crushed when you’ve placed your confidence in unreliable sources.

The writer of this proverb offers a triangle of advice. Don’t trust what you know. Put God first. Wait for His direction.

Prayer: Lord, You have all the answers. No matter what others says, I will trust in You for direction.

Devotion by Violet Carr Moore

Devotion by Violet Carr Moore