I thought I'd share a couple of things that have helped me in the past couple of weeks:
Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it. (Prov. 22:6 NKJV)
Many parents take this verse as a promise from God, yet is it really a promise? I think not...here's why:
Salvation is God's work, not mine. I am instructed as a parent to teach, train, direct my child, not SAVE them. I can only get the soil ready as God wants me to, but it is HIS job to change their hearts.
Instead, this IS a promise from God:
“The Lord says, ‘This is my agreement with these people: My Spirit and my words that I give you will never leave you or your children or your grandchildren, now and forever’” (Is. 59:21 NCV).
Parents, be confident that a wayward child NEVER leaves God's sight, EVER. He is always there watching, pleading, yearning for them to return. Don't lose hope. You have a loving awesome God.
Then I saw this picture on someone's Facebook wall and loved, loved, loved it:
I believe there is a difference, do you?