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.

This might be true for one’s vocation, but it could be different when we’re talking about one’s relationship with God and eternal destiny where decisions cannot be puDahl in Cost de Pajarrost off for a later date.

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.


6 thoughts on “Too young to decide?

  1. Thanks for this Lloyd. Good to be reminded that it’s not too early to start. I was just thinking the other day when to start praying with Isabella (she’s 5 months old today!!)

    1. Hi Catht. Praise God for Isabella! I am sure she’s a great blessing to you. She is also blessed to have parents who are concerned about her relationship with the Lord. Well, it would be good to include her now in your conversations with God. Start creating an “appetite” for God in your baby. Lead her in short words of praise to God throughout the day. Sing the Word of God to her. May the Lord give you wisdom on how to direct Isabella onto the right path; the opportunities are many.

    1. Thanks, Jan. A lot of us are blessed to have a life-transforming message to share with others, especially with the children. May we be found faithful in proclaiming this message.

  2. You’re right, P. Loyld 🙂 We sing hymns to Anna, who turns 4 in April, read Bible stories after dinner, pray together before sleeping (we ask her to lead sometimes, and always she asks for God to bring her to Disneyland). Today she just memorized “Amazing Grace.” God is good!

    1. Janet, I’m sure God heard Anna’s prayer and will answer it in his perfect time. I will pray that her parents will cooperate with God and start saving up for this trip. Haha.

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