John Maxwell Leadership Bible:  (Proverbs 22:6)

God calls parents to lead their children.  He tells them that if they train up a child in the way he should go, when he is old he will not depart from it (Prov. 22.6).  And just how does a parent become a good leader for a child?  Partly by focusing on three key words:

  1. Modeling:  Abraham Lincoln said, “There is but one way to train up a child in the way he should go, and that is to travel it yourself.”  A good example is worth a thousand sermons.  What you do has more impact on your child than all the lectures you could ever give.
  2. Management:  Good management is the ability to discern the uniqueness of a child and teach him or her accordingly.  We are to train up a child in the way he should go.  This may mean we will have to adapt our style, depending on the child’s temperament and wiring.
  3. Memories:  Parents should create memories.  Why?  Because memories are more important than things.  Note that the verse says, “When he is old, he  will not depart…”  This implies that the child retains some memories of his early experiences and embraces them later in  life.


 It matters not whether you are young or old, there are many words of wisdom contained in the Book of Proverbs.  Modeling.  Management.  Memories.  Each of the words of the above lesson should be used as we live our lives and plan for our future.

In my profession I use each of these in dealing with clients in planning for their retirement developing models, managing those models, and  using memories to accomplish the goals for retiring and remaining retired.  It is exciting for my clients to look  forward to retirement and the years spent in retirement.  Each retirement plan is different and must meet the needs of the  retiree.

A retiree faces many things upon retirement.  Being able to remain comfortably retired and making provisions for any “bumps in the road” must be considered.  In  order to accomplish this there needs to be a great deal of flexibility, because circumstances change during the retirement years.  The retiree is not the only one involved in  these plans.  The spouse must be  considered as well as the final disposition of retirement funds after the life of  the retiree.  I could  go on and on about all of the circumstances during those years.  Because there are no “cookie cutter” plans that one fits all, it is necessary to design and manage a plan that will take  care of each individuals goals and desires.

Have a great day!



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