“Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.” Deuteronomy 6:7
Since I became a parent, it has always been my prayer that my children would grow to love the Lord and learn to follow and trust Him with all that they are. That is something that I believe most Christians want for their children. The real issue comes with how to get this desired outcome. I am sure that most of us have struggled with how to develop a strategy that will help us lead our children to Christ and then teach them daily to follow Him.
The Bible provides us with such a strategy in the book of Deuteronomy. In Deuteronomy 6:7, the Word directs us to talk about the things of God with our kids almost every hour they are awake. I believe this verse is in essence teaching us to capture the moments in life where we have the opportunity to pour into our children a Biblical Worldview. The verse even gives us such moments when it talks of bed time, being on the road, and our critical times at home such as meal times. All of these are precious times where we can spend quality time discipling and loving our kids.
What do these times look like? The great part is we can all be very creative and individualistic in our approach. You can use certain times to study the Bible and pray together. You can also do as my wife and I did and we would talk about everyday life with a Biblical Worldview perspective with our kids at these times. Current events, things we see on television, and daily life events at school make for great opportunities to talk of the things of God with our kids.
One of my favorite times of the day when I was growing up was meal time. My parents would use that time to capture moments and make memories with us. They would use it to teach truth through everyday conversation and also use it as a time to laugh and enjoy each other.
Maybe it is time to start creating some family practices that will enable you to capture precious moments with your children. For example, we always tried to protect meal time so that we would have these moments to spend with each other. Research tells us that our children are much more likely to follow our spiritual beliefs when we model and teach these truths on a daily basis.
My children are now grown and it all happened it seemed in the blink of an eye. I am so grateful that my wife and I put practices in place that enabled us to raise kids that have given their hearts to God and are following Him.
I would challenge you to not miss capturing the moments that God has given you to pass on your love for the Lord to your children. As 3 John 4 says: “There is no greater joy than to know that your children walk in truth.” I pray that we all will experience that joy!