We had a “couch surfer” at our apartment over the weekend. Sabrina is from Switzerland and is winding up her three-week vacation in Costa Rica. It is a joy to know her and learn more about her travels. My wife Dahl and I told her that visiting Switzerland is on top of our bucket list, and so we hope that we would be couch-surfing at her apartment in the very near future.
Sabrina mentioned that in Switzerland, when a student completes 9th Grade, she decides on a trade that she wants to be trained in for the next three years. To a large extent, this decision lays the foundation for the student’s lifelong vocation. However, Sabrina pointed out that when you’re only 14 or 15 years old, you might be too young to decide what you are going to be or do for the rest of your life. It is easy to make the wrong decision at this age.
For example, I was 15 when I asked Jesus to be the Lord of my life. My sons, Ian and Alan, made the same decision when they turned 5. Researchers report that most children develop their moral and spiritual foundations before they turn 15. The biblical command is clear: “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it” (Proverbs 22:6 NLT).
If you are in a position to influence children, I encourage you to direct them to Jesus—consistently and as early as possible. Teach them God’s Word. Show them how it is to live with clear, biblical intentions.