The team sent to investigate the wreckage unanimously concludes it was caused by pilot error. The son had never learned the lessons the father had, because he had never labored the way the father had. He had never learned the disciplines involved in getting a business off the ground and keeping it in the air. Looking mournfully at the crash site, the investigators mumbled to themselves some belated wisdom from the Scriptures. Under the breath of one we hear:
“If you have fun with footmen and they have tired you out,
Then how can you complete with the horses?
If you fall down in a land of peace,
How will you do in the thicket of the Jordan?” (Jeremiah 12:5)
If your children can’t cut it at home in such things as cleaning up their rooms, making their beds, and carrying out other responsibilities, what on earth will they do when they face the horses of a competitive career or the thicket of marital adjustments? Another investigator shakes his head and mutters as he walks away:
“It is good for a man that he should bear
The yoke in his youth.” (Lamentations 3:27)
Labor, sacrifice, and responsibility are healthy yokes for a person to shoulder during the growing-up years. They will stretch and strengthen the child in preparation for years to come. Are you preparing your children for the yoke of adult life or are you pampering them?
By Chuck Swindol