Train Your Children … You Don’t Have Them Very Long

Taylor - Bottom Right

We’ve received three letters from Taylor to this point, and he’s doing very well in basic training and loving Army life. One of the things Taylor knew when he chose to enlist in the Army was that there probably wouldn’t be a lot of positive Christian influence there. Lea and I have prayed numerous times that God would allow him to bloom spiritually wherever he is planted. I’d like to share a little of letter #1 that he sent to us…

“Socially things are still pretty tough. It’s hard having conversation and fitting in with very non-christian ‘alpha-male” type guys. You definitely don’t realize how much you miss Christian fellowship until you don’t have any suddenly. On the bright side, I still have my bible and God to talk to.” 

My response to him … “Taylor, the Army is training you  so you can be ready for every life threatening condition that the enemy may throw at you. They are putting you through EVERYTHING just to prepare you for what might happen in the future. Their goal is to make you succeed when you get on the field, AND they are doing all this crash-course training in about a 6 month time period.   SO here’s my thinking.  Just like the Army is now training you for the field … Mom and I have been training you spiritually for the past 22 years. We have been getting you ready for this very time … to send you out into the world and succeed spiritually there. The Army’s training will be a fraction of what ours has been, and we have full confidence in the Christian Soldier we’ve trained that no matter what Satan throws at you … you can overcome it. Stay strong. Be in the world, just not of the world. 

This morning I can’t help but think how important that training was and how quickly it went by. Seems like yesterday I was standing in a labor/delivery room when he was born. Then I blinked … and that little baby grew up and is now off in the Army! Time certainly doesn’t stand still.

If you still have children at home, value each moment … because before you know it, you’ll blink, and they’ll be all grown up. The years, months, days and minutes are SO important with each child. We don’t have them very long – value them … cherish them … and TRAIN them while you can. Because very soon you’ll blink, and you’ll be letting go too.

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Trey Morgan tagged this post with: , , Read 1182 articles by
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  1. I loved this post! We need you and wifey to come to Alabama and teach us parenting classes! LOL sometimes we feel like we fall so short…

  2. Lura says:

    It is so rewarding to see our grown children using the tools they learned as babes to teach their own children what we tried to teach them.

    Our 3 year old granddaughter’s prayers just make me smile! Since she was tiny she has been cheered by her parents when she does something new by clapping and saying ‘Yeah Zane’…..recently at the end of worship service after the last prayer and song, she clapped and yelled “Yeah”! The preacher loved it as did many in the congregation. Mommy and Daddy have since been talking to her about the appropriate time to cheer and last Sunday Mom’s hand was strategically placed to catch any last minute utterances but she remembered. I pray that her exuberance for going to church continues to grow.

  3. John Clemmons says:

    Great article and parenting reminder. Our son is in his 3rd yr of the ARMY ROTC program at the college that he is attending and upon completion he’s headed off to the officer corp. He was 5 and we blinked and now he’s married and headed into the world on his and God’s volition. I must confess it’s a scary time and I can only pray that his mother and I planted the seeds that he’ll need to sustain him for the rest of his life.

  4. Lantz Howard says:

    Very moving and encouraging post. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Greg England says:

    My brother retired from Army Rangers as Sgt.Major. He has told me that maintaining one’s faith shines through when God is ready for it to shine through. Those guys who are so alpha-male will greatly respect Taylor’s faith and his faithfulness to them as fellow-soldiers when the time comes. Great response to his letter.

  6. Sueanne Smith says:

    Trey, excellent post!! The time, indeed, goes all too quickly. Ours are all grown and newly married and I am still in disbelief that the years have disappeared so quickly. There is great reward though, after all of the hard work raising them, in watching them have a heart for God and striving to please Him. That’s all I’ve ever wanted for them.

    If by chance, Taylor is sent to Ft. Bragg, please send him our way. We are a military congregation (Helen St. CoC) and have a wonderful and large group Taylor’s age. I already know he would be a blessing to meet and work with and I pray we would do well being an encouragement to him.

  7. Jesse says:

    I am a Soldier and it is so true, you never realize what your Christian life and family is to you until it is not there anymore, tell him to keep his up and and be steadfast, the ride will get bumpier, it will be lonely and hard being away from God’s, but if you keep God first and pray always, the Lord will deliver what we need in His time. God has never failed me yet, nor will He ever..

    • Jesse says:

      oops.. “God’s people*” lol its amazing how leaving out one word can completely change the meaning of something…lol

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