Psalm 139:1–3, 13–16
Newborn babies are not soft pieces of clay ready to be shaped and molded into what parents think they should be. Rather, a baby arrives bearing divinely ordained “bents.” The parents’ primary task is to find out how each child has been made, and in that process, to shape the training of the child so that it is in keeping with the child’s unique personality. Yet parents must remember that there is an evil tendency in every child that prompts him or her to disobey, resist authority, and rebel. On the other hand, there is a bright side in every life, where positive tendencies and capabilities emerge.
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