Your relation obligeth you to take care of their precious souls. It is the soul [that] is the child, rather than the body; and therefore in Scripture put forth for the whole man. … The body is but the sheath; and if one should leave his sword with you to be kept safely for him, would you throw away the blade, and only preserve the scabbard? – William Gurnall in The Christian in Complete Armour
How sad the lengths that parents go to today to preserve the scabbard? They exhaust themselves to provide the best education, the nicest accommodations, and the best of gifts while the sword rusts. What good is it if they gain the whole world but lose their souls (Matthew 16:26)? Parents, polish the sword!