How to Train an Elephant, By Tom Moore

Behind the scenes of an Arizona circus, a visitor started chatting with a man who trains animals for Hollywood movies: “How is it that you can stake down a ten-ton elephant with the same size stake that you use for this little fellow?” The visitor was pointing to a baby elephant who weighed three hundred pounds.

    “It’s easy….“ the trainer said. “When they are babies, we stake them down. They try to tug away from the stake maybe ten thousand times before they realize that they can’t possibly get away. At that point, their ‘elephant memory’ takes over and they remember for the rest of their lives that they can’t get away from the stake.”

    Should this not be the way we treat our young people in our local congregations? Should we not “stake” them to the word of God as a youth, thus helping them to remember that they can never escape their obligation and responsibility to the Word of God?

 Moses said it this way, “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:  And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates” (Deut. 6: 6-9).

    Solomon said, “Train up a child in the way he should go, And even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).

    Beloved, We have a lot of work to do!


– Tom Moore preaches for the Avenue T church of Christ in Temple, TX.  Tom is also one of the editors of “Seek Ye First,” a free quarterly gospel journal.  He may be contacted through the congregation’s website:

Via Bulletin Gold

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