We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Kingly Preparation, Part 3


My son David has had a fascination with car design since he was five. For years I tried to dissuade him from this interest until finally one day I woke up! Discerning that this passion was God given, I began to see that my son’s natural bent was very different than my own. So I decided to follow and see where the Lord would lead.

When David was 12 I took him to a car show in New York City. He was almost in tears as he was able to see concepts of future cars and some of his all time favorites. When we returned home his passions were so piqued that he began drawing with more vigor than ever. I began to think that a career in car design was possible.

Next, the Lord providentially enabled David to meet with one of Ford’s most celebrated designers, who designed the Ford Mustang. That day David learned from one of his hero’s that to be a successful car designer you needed to cling to three foundational principles:

1. Be honest and above reproach.

2. Work hard and reach the highest level of excellence in your field.

3. Be committed to your family.

I had been trying to teach David these principles all his life and now he was hearing them from one of his hero’s and it was lodging in his heart in a matter of minutes!

When David was 16 we visited the Pasadena Art College of Design where students learned from some of the most gifted auto designers in the world. This experience caused a detour however. David’s future was being shaped and stretched. Seeing the actual classes of car design students made him rethink his future direction. He wasn’t sure that he wanted to invest that much of his life for such a singular focus.

So where do we go from here as parents? Which way does he go? Training our children in the “way” they should go can be full of roadblocks and detours. But when we follow their bent, this training will open the door of opportunity. The word “way” in “Train up a child in the way he should go…” (Proverbs 22:6) comes from the primitive root word DRK which carries the idea to bend a bow. Once the wood has been bowed into shape, it can now be used to provide food for the table, enabling one to be self-sufficient. Training our children in the “way” they should go is one of our highest callings and most stretching endeavors-a stretch that will lead to a life-time of fulfillment.

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