Friday, September 9, 2011
Childhood Lessons Shape Our Lives
"The domestic fireside is a seminary of infinite importance. It is important because it is universal, and because the education it bestows, woven with the wool of childhood, gives color to the whole texture of life. There are but few who can receive the honors of a college education but all are graduates of the heart. The learning of the university may fade from recollection, its classic lore may be lost from the halls of memory; but the simple lessons of home, enameled upon the heart of childhood, defy the rust of years, and outlive the more mature but less vivid pictures of after days. So deep, so lasting are the impressions of early life that you often see a man in the events of childhood, while all the wide space between that and the present hour is a forgotten waste. It must be remembered that the largest and most important part of the education of children, whether for good or evil, is carried on at home, often unconsciously in their amusements, and under the daily influence of what they see and hear about them. One cannot tell what duties their children may be called to perform in life. They must be taught to cultivate their faculties, and to exercise all their senses to choose the good and refuse the evil."
~~The Golden Gems of Life ~ Gathered Jewels from the Home Circle; by S. C. Ferguson & E. A. Allen ~ 1882 [emphasis mine ~KW<><]
"He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which He commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget His deeds but would keep His commands."
Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><