THE WORD: The road of life

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As summer break comes to a close across North Carolina, students and parents have familiar challenges — buying supplies, planning carpools, shopping for new clothes — along with new concerns over masks, politically charged curricula and vaccines. Teachers, administrators and school leaders must face these same concerns while balancing their professional and financial wants and needs.

The Bible reminds us that parents have the final responsibility for teaching children. Discipline, encouragement, respect and love come from the family unit. Colossians 3:20 reminds children that obeying your parents is pleasing to God.

As children are watching the actions of their parents, community leaders and teachers, we should be mindful that the current circumstances are temporary, but the lessons learned by students now can be permanently instilled in how they handle hard times, tough questions and difficult situations. Tackling challenges while still loving our neighbors is the way we should go.

Proverbs 22:6

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