STOP AND THINK – The proper time to influence the character of a child is about a hundred years before he’s born. (William R. Inge, 19th-20th century Anglican priest, author, and educator)

We all understand, no doubt, that we need to begin teaching our children life’s virtues and values at the very earliest age. But Inge suggests that’s not soon enough. Is he speaking of some kind of pre-natal influence? More likely, he’s emphasizing the importance of how parents live their own lives of integrity that will continue as an example to their children.

So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. (Psalm 90:12)