THURSDAY, MAY 30
“Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
Deuteronomy 6:7-9 NIV
MAKING MEMORIES: OUR CONVERSATIONS
Former Hollywood bad boy Martin Sheen says watching his son, Charlie Sheen, lead a similarly decadent life fills him with remorse. He worries that he learned to be a father too late. He particularly regrets his failure to share his faith. “I never lost my faith,” Sheen says. “But I felt for a time that I had outgrown the church. Now it is a bone of contention in my soul that I did not share my faith with my kids, as my parents did with me. It was a source of grace when I needed it. I have been greatly nurtured and inspired by my faith.” [Electronic Telegraph interview with Martin Sheen. Larson, C. B., & Ten Elshof, P.]
I wonder how many parents have similar regrets as Sheen. After working so hard to give their kids the world, they neglected to share Jesus with them. Moses encouraged parents in Deuteronomy to simply talk about the things of God with their kids. They didn’t need a seminary education. They only needed to talk about how God related to everyday life.
The older our kids get the tougher it can seem to have conversations with them at all. But when you do have conversations with your kids, what do you talk about most? We often talk most about the things that we love the most. Ask God to show you how you can talk about your love for Him with your kids.
The three ways of loving God mentioned by Moses are with our heart, soul and strength. What do you think it means for you to love God with each of these three areas individually? Are you modeling that for others around you to see? Ask God to help you love Him with all of who you are and not only parts.