Children are Young Plants

Children are young plants which must be watered with good education, so that they may, with Obadiah, fear the Lord ‘from their youth up’ (I Kings 18:12). Plato said, ‘In vain does he expect a harvest who has been negligent in sowing.’ Nor can a parent expect to reap any good from a child, where he has not sown the seed of wholesome instruction. And though, notwithstanding all counsel and admonition, the child should die in sin, yet is it a comfort to a godly parent to think that before his child died, he gave it a spiritual medicine. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 156

The Godly Bring forth a Crop in their Children

A good piece of ground bears not only a fore-crop but an after crop. He who is godly does not only bear God a good crop of obedience himself while he lives, but by training his child in the principles of religion, he bears God an after-crop when he is dead. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 187