Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long. (Psalm 25.5 NRSV)
Shortly after baby ducks are hatched from their shells, they will become attached, or "imprinted" to the first thing they see moving towards them. From that time on, they will follow that particular object when it moves in their vicinity. Ordinarily, they become imprinted to the mother goose who was on hand to hatch the new generation. If they are removed, however, the baby ducks will settle for any mobile substitute, whether alive or not.
Time is the critical factor in this process. The baby ducks are vulnerable to imprinting for only a few seconds after they hatch from the shells; if that opportunity is lost, it cannot be regained later. In other words, there is a critical, brief period in the life of the baby ducks when this instinctual learning is possible.
There is a critical period when certain kinds of instruction is possible in the life of a child. There is a brief period during childhood when youngsters are deeply influenced by religious training. Be a godly example to your children and take them to church.
Dear Jesus, help me to lead your children to your saving grace. In Jesus name, Amen.
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