Proverbs 22:6 – “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
My Dad was a Sub-Contractor and laid carpet by trade. I filled my weekends and summers working with my Dad laying carpet. While being his helper, we would go to buildings, houses, and apartments to pull up the old carpet and install the new one.
Currently, my morning devotion is journeying through 1 Chronicles. 1 Chronicles 29 is about David turning over the crown to his son Solomon. One of the things that struck me about this part of the Bible was the conversation that David had with God about the temple. We’ve all been told that David was a man after God’s own heart. David was singled out to be the King of Israel despite having a bunch of other brothers to choose from. David killed Goliath when all the other men didn’t even want to make eye contact with the giant.
David went on to become the King of Israel and conquered many lands and people. So when I read the Bible for the first time, I thought David would have been the natural person to build God’s temple. But God had other plans. In 1 Chronicles 28, God told David, “You may not build a house in my name, for you are a man of war and have shed blood.”
Does my family’s opinion matter? Yes. Here’s why. You might have seen the headline recently about the woman whose grown children wrote a very unflattering obituary for her. In the piece, they talked about how she abandoned them when they were young, and they ended with this: “She will not be missed by [her children], and they understand that this world is a better place without her.” Wow.