Teach Your Kids Along the Way
Posted on: August 11th, 2011 by johannah No Comments
It was with pure joy that I heard my young daughter say to her friend in the car, “Shhh. Be quiet. An ambulance went by so my mom’s praying.” I’d never told her to be quiet when ambulances went by, but I’d told her that I try to pray when I see one because I know how hard it is for the family of the person who’s in that ambulance. Evidently that made an impression on her, so much so that she was willing to be quiet in the car – a rare occurrence!
If you love God and have children, then there’s nothing you want more than for them to love him too. What a joy and privilege it is to introduce our young ones to the one who created them and loves them more than we do. We do that by bringing our relationship with God into every part of our lives and letting our kids see it whenever possible. That’s what is meant by Deuteronomy 6:6-7, “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
The power of an example is extremely important. My mother-in-law, who has been a Christian her whole life, drifted away from going to church for a few years. But when her mother died, she started going again. I asked her why and she told me that her mother would kneel beside her bed each morning to pray. That visual picture was so powerful that it drove my mother-in-law back to church, and she’s been involved ever since.
Karyn Henley says on ChristianParentingToday.com that we need to connect spiritual truth to our children’s experiences, “When a child is afraid…say: ‘Why don’t you sit in my lap so we can rock for a minute? And let’s sing a song about God’s love and care while we’re rocking.’ It’s a great time to help your child think about God’s protection.”
So let your kids see that you also need God to help you in life. As you lean on him, they will learn that’s the way to deal with life’s stresses – and everything else besides.