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Training Our Children

Deuteronomy 6:6-7

6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 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.

RevRayAs I put this daily thought to bed – I am in my home office listening to some Third Day – as they sing Revelation – on Pandora Radio.  I spend a lot of time listening to music as I work on sermons and devotional thoughts.  Basically I like to listen to music while I do most anything.  I spent much of the morning (up since 4:15 am) seeking His face, while desiring His grace while listening to music.  I have always listened to music while I work.  My dad could never understand how listening to Steppenwolf or Stevie Wonder for example could help me study – but music has always helped me focus.

I’ve mentioned a few times recently that I have two granddaughters.  They are a new joy in my life – Justice most recently but Vyrie was born during a very tough time in my life with the death of my father among other things.  Her smile and joyous spirit have comforted me during a time when I needed it.  I know Justice will as well as she grows into her personality.

This passage came to mind as I was thinking of my granddaughters – These commandments that I give you today are to be upon 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.

Knowing my daughters and how their parents raised them – knowing the young men my daughters married – and knowing their grandparents – I firmly believe that my granddaughters and any other grandchildren that may come along will be taught the Bible.  The commands and teachings of God will be taught to my grandchildren.  I know very little of my great-grandparents – but I know my paternal grandparents and my maternal grandmother were people of faith.  That was passed down to my parents and to me.  It has now been passed onto our daughters and now the passing of faith goes to my grandchildren.

I remember the first time my oldest daughter prayed for me on a Sunday before I preached.  It brought tears to my eyes.  The Bible promises us – if we raise them in the Lord – in the way – they will not depart from it – Proverbs 22:6 – Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

What will your children remember the most about their growing years?  Will they remember your favorite football team over your favorite verse in the Bible?  Will they remember your favorite drink more than your favorite place to read the Word of God?  What legacy will you leave with your children and grandchildren?  Are we raising our children and grandchildren in environments where they can encounter Jesus?  Is Jesus high on our priority list of things to impart on them?  What is our story?  Will the next generation remember our faith journey?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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June 18, 2013 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor | , , , , , , , , , ,

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