THE HEART OF A CHILD
Whatever you write on the heart of a child
No water can wash away.
The sand may be shifted
when billows are wild,
And the efforts of time may decay.
Some stories may perish,
some songs be forgot,
But this graven record–time changes it not.
Whatever you write on the heart of a child,
A story of gladness or care
That heaven has blessed or earth has defiled,
Will linger unchangeable there.
- Have you unwittingly written on your child’s heart that physical beauty is everything (Pro. 31:30)?
- Are you teaching them that flaunting physical beauty is necessary to “win” friends and influence people (John 7:24; 2 Cor. 5:12; 2 Cor. 10:7)?
- Are you inadvertently writing that dishonesty is acceptable in some situations (Pro. 14:5)?
- Do you teach the children that neglecting some of God’s commands is necessary once in a while (Rom. 3:8)?
- Are you teaching that the world’s vanities are acceptable to God (Eph. 4:17)?
- Are you writing on your child’s heart that enjoying this physical world is necessary to be well-rounded (Luke 16:13-14, 1 John 2:15-17)?
- Are you teaching your child that loving self is more important than loving others or God (Matt. 22:38; Phil. 2:3-4)?
- Have you written on your child’s heart that love is a physical emotion (1 John 5:2-3)?
- Have your children been taught that morals are relative and that there is no indelible standard of right and wrong (John 12:48).