Monday, February 24, 2014

Of Lines, Learning and Loving

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Prov 22:6

There is a line we cannot see
Dividing weak from strong
It is a making, breaking thread
That line twixt right and wrong

...and every little boy and girl
Should earnestly be taught
About the line that first unfurls
Somewhere within our thought

Temptation is a wily chain
It dangles easily
Easing our feet across that main
Twixt right and wrong, you see

There is a line ignored by fools
And reverenced by wise
It runs a firm unbending rule
Between God's truth and lies

Pity the child who is not shown
Humble obedience
But must discover all alone
The road to consequence

Love teaches, trains and motivates
With Discipline's kind coach
For right and wrong are more than traits
Earning praise or reproach

The nature we are born with yearns
For pleasant things and fine
Blessed and best is He who learns
The truth about this line

...for this line runs along life's road
Between safety and snare
And life is more than bad or good
Oh traveler; beware

 Janet Martin

A building needs a foundation to stand,
A tree needs roots.
What happens to a child if we take both root and foundation away?


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