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.
~Author Unknown

  • 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).


4 thoughts on “THE HEART OF A CHILD

  1. These are convicting questions, Beth! I’ve been slowly working my way through a parenting book by the very conservative John Rosemond, and I’ve been asking myself the question about love of self as a result.

    1. It seems that the Lord assumes we love ourselves, because we do what is necessary to keep our bodies happy. I would say that is the thinking behind the command for men to love their wives as they love their own bodies in Ephesians 5:28-29.

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