All three sons of a widow took up the life of seafaring men, to her great disappointment. She was telling a neighbor that she didn’t understand why. The visitor pointed to a painting hanging in the dining room and asked, “How long have you had that picture hanging there?”
The woman replied, “Oh, for years—ever since the children were small.” The visitor said, “There’s your answer.” That painting on the dining room wall, where it would be seen every day at every meal, depicted a large sailing ship, with sails billowing in the wind, its bow cutting sharply through the waves. Without a word ever being said, that painting had exposed those three boys to the magic of the ocean.
The intellectual development of a child is influenced by intellectual stimulation. For example, I really enjoy reading. I attribute that love for reading to the fact that when I was a child, my father surrounded us boys with books. I did the same with my children.
In the same way, a child’s spiritual development is influenced by spiritual stimulation. If the parents are sensitive to this area, they will provide opportunities for their children to be exposed to things, events, books, activities, friends and anything else which will help the child develop spiritually.