On getting our children to Bible classes    

The phrase “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree” was coined in the 18th century by poet Alexander Pope.  Many years ago I read a poem that picked up on that phrase and gave it a very much needed and pointed application.  The poem is entitled “As The Twig Is Bent.”  The message brought tears to my eyes as I thought about the importance of my wife and I giving our children the kind of upbringing that would help them to make good life choices.  Among those choices, we hoped sincerely, would be the choice to choose Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  A top priority was motivating them to be diligent in the study of the Bible, and finding a way to keep it enjoyable for them.  We have loved the Bible School program of the church all these many years because of the good that comes from bringing up the child in the way he should go.  As you consider the same matter in regard to leading your children to make good life choices, including Jesus as their Savior, I share this poem with you today:    
 As the Twig Is Bent
A little girl with shining eyes,
Her little face aglow,
Said: “Daddy, it is almost time
For Bible class, let’s go.
They teach us there of Jesus’ love,
Of how he died for all
Upon the cruel cross to save
Those who on Him will call.”
“Oh, no,” said Daddy, “Not today.
I’ve worked hard all this week
And I must have one day of rest.
I’m going to the creek,
For there I can relax and rest,
And fishing’s fine they say.
So run along; don’t bother me.
We’ll go to church some day.”
Months and years have passed away,
But Daddy hears that plea no more;
“Let’s go to Bible class.”
Those childhood days are o’er.
And now that Daddy’s growing old,
When life is almost through,
He finds the time to go to church,
But what does daughter do?
She says, “Oh Daddy, not today –
I stayed up most all night,
And I’ve just got to have some sleep.
Besides, I look a fright.”
Then Daddy lifts a trembling hand
To brush away his tears
As again he hears the pleading voice
Distinctly through the years.
He sees a small girl’s shining face
Upturned, with eyes aglow
As she says, “It’s time for Bible class
Please, Daddy, won’t you go?”
– Author unknown

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