My son hopped in the car after preschool and pronounced, “We learned about respect today in chapel.” “What did you learn about it?”, I asked. “Well, it’s a long story”, he replied.
I could not have said it better myself. Teaching, guiding and directing our children about God is not something we will ever be able to cross off the list. It’s a long story that we should never stop telling them or others. We are called to do so and we can’t let this responsibility fall to the side or leave for someone else to do.
Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, Deuteronomy 11:18-20
We are to live, share, teach and constantly think about the Words of the Lord and share them with our children. This takes time, thought, work, study and love. Love for the Lord and love for our children and others. It is easy to let this job/responsibility get lost in the busyness of life.
My Godchild called me this weekend to ask some questions about God. She wanted to know if God was magic. She couldn’t understand how He was able to live in her heart, her mom’s heart and lots of others people’s heart’s unless there were hundreds of God’s. A lot of important things happened for her to find out the answers. First, she asked these questions which shows her heart for God (and that she is listening in school). Second, her parents helped her find some answers. Third, I responded with scripture and her parents followed through with more discussion.
Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Deuteronomy 4:9
It’s a long story! Have you missed an opportunity to share the Lord with a child? I encourage you to look for an opportunity every day this week to share a thought or Word about God with a child. It may be your own children, grandchildren, the kids standing with their mom in the grocery store line behind you, neighbors, children in your Sunday School class. God will open the doors and give you the opportunity if you are willing to tell the story and plant the seed.