Proverbs 22:6 AMP Train up a child in the way he should go [teaching him to seek God’s wisdom and will for his abilities and talents],
Even when he is old he will not depart from it.
I know we've heard of this scripture ad nauseum. There's always such an emphasis on the "in the way he should go" part. So much so, that I've heard adults that maybe didn't get saved until they were later in adulthood talk about their adult children, blaming themselves that if they could have taught them better, then maybe they would have ended up better.
But what if we're wrong?
What if "in the way he should go" is really "the way he should seek"? What if my job is not to teach my kiddos the basic tenets of faith, a prayer or two, and a list of Bible stories?
What if my job is to simply teach my sons how to seek God on his own?
What if instead of me drilling Bible stories into his head, I teach him how to read the Bible for himself?
What if instead of me coaching him, letting him figure out what he's really good at doing, and becoming a soccer mom (or dance mom, or football mom, or swimming mom, or... ) What if I teach him how to use his gifts and callings as a place of influence to be used by God?
Then, even when he is old, he knows how to pray - not just recite a prayer at a meal.
He knows how to ask questions - not just blindly accept every new theology or concept.
He knows God's Character - not just his rules.
He knows how to lead - by example and being a servant.
Just a thought.