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TRAIN UP A CHILD, PART 1

The sign in the window read: "BOY WANTED." A youngster named John Simmons, though he was a lazy boy, applied. An elderly Mr. Peters hired him immediately. The pace was usually slow and leisurely, so John thought it might be just the job for him.

Toward the middle of the afternoon, however, John was sent up to the dingy attic. "You'll find a long, deep box there," explained Mr. Peters. "Please sort out the contents and see what should be saved." John was disappointed and frustrated by what he found. It was a big box full of nothing but junk.  After only a few minutes, he went back to the ground floor. "It's dark and cold up there," he explained, "and there's nothing up there worth the trouble." At closing time that day, John was paid and told not to come back.

The next morning the "BOY WANTED" sign was back in the window. Crawford Hill was the next to be hired. When he was asked to tidy up the same box in the attic, he spent hours separating usable nails and screws from things that were to be discarded.Suddenly he raced downstairs. "At the very bottom of the box," he exclaimed, "I found this!" And he held up a $20 bill. At last the old man had found a boy so conscientious and honest that he knew he could entrust his business to him when he decided to retire in a few years.

Years later, Mr. Peters said, "This young man, Crawford Hill, found his fortune in a junk box!" Then correcting himself he added, "No, he actually found it in his mother's Bible, because he heeded the verse she made him memorize that says: `He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much,' Are you the kind of father or mother that is training your children in. the way that they should go so that when they are old they will not depart from it?

In His Cause,
Tim Woodward