Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). …from a child thou hast known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus (2Timothy 3:15).
In September 1940 I rode a yellow bus to the above almost new school building in Alpine, TN, built by the WPA and began my “higher education” in the first grade. I say, “higher education” because I already knew most of the letters on the baking powder can and lard bucket in the kitchen at home. I still had to learn Z and Q and was having a little trouble remembering H. Mrs. Brown, a young widow, was my teacher. She also taught 2nd grade.
Next year I was promoted to the other side of the room, 2nd grade, and we had a new teacher, Miss Vaughn. She wrote John 3:16 on the blackboard and we recited it every morning before we prayed together. After Christmas we began John 3:17. The memory verses at the bottom of Morning Minute are an idea that began with Miss Vaughn 77 years ago.
Miss Vaughn also played the first piano I ever heard. (We didn’t have a piano at church.) It was in the lunch room and she played it every week to begin chapel. She played hymns with gusto and we sang with her, with gusto. The lunch room was at the end of the walk, up the steps and through the double doors. (This is the sandstone building.)
We were not supposed to carry pocket knives in the second grade, but most of the boys did and some of them were from Wilder, TN. (Well-named.) I closed a blue-handled pocket knife (Christmas gift) on my own finger which drew a lot of blood but we didn’t cut each other. We used our knives to play Mumbley-peg at recess.
If parents sent their children to school with tobacco, they could smoke down at the privy during lunch. Two of the toughest boys chewed tobacco. I tried a “chaw” and leaned up against the wall between the two windows (pictured above) and chewed with vigor to show myself a man in front of the older boys. As the wall and the sky became unstable, I slid down the wall and my stomach drove me toward the ball field behind the camera in this photo. The “professionals” in the 4-6 grade would have to do the tobacco chewing.
When we teach children the Word of God, it may go to the bone and guide their lives. It might even inspire them to call on the Lord and become a Christian and a citizen of Heaven. They may even teach their own children. It’s not a sure-fire thing. They may grow up to be mean as the devil, but, as a whole, a well-taught child will be a well-lived adult.
After this, we moved 300 miles away and I practiced cussin’ so I would fit in with the rough boys I wanted to run with. But, the seed had been sown and my conscience had been set. When the preacher preached the Bible hot and heavy in the bean market, October 1943, it was over. I ran to God!
PAUL SAID TO TIMOTHY: When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. (2Timothy 1:5)
GOD TOLD MOSES: And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)
Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons; (Deuteronomy 4:9)
GOD SAID TO JOSHUA: This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (Joshua 1:8)
Nothing in this world is more important than teaching and training children to know the Lord and His Word. Where would we be without those who taught us? Ω
────── Edited and reprinted from Morning Minute, March 9, 2016) ─────
Read Through the Bible in a Year
October 25, 2017 - WEDNESDAY
A.M. Jeremiah 14-16 P.M. 1Timothy 5
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Good Verse to Memorize:
For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. (Hebrews 4:2)
Song for Today:
Jesus Loves the Little Children (1:34) (Cedarmont Kids)
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