THURSDAY, JUNE 21
“You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
Deuteronomy 11:19 ESV
MISSION POSSIBLE: A DAD WHO TEACHES
A man by the name of Jim Burton said these words about being a father. “When I was young, baseball was my life. You can imagine the excitement I felt when my oldest son began playing. This game would be one of our main bonding mechanisms. If my son would just listen, I could help him be a great baseball player. Learning to read curveballs, shift his body weight with the swing, steal bases, turn double plays – these things separate the amateurs from the pros.” Burton said, “A pattern developed in our relationship. Because of my familiarity with the game, I saw every mistake my son made. In addition, I knew how to correct them. “So post-game drives home became a critique of how to improve his game. It soon got old for my son. One night he finally said, ’DAD, COULD YOU NOT START BY TELLING ME EVERYTHING I DID WRONG. TELL ME WHAT I DID RIGHT FIRST.’”
For many dad’s it’s pretty easy to talk about sports all the time. It’s also pretty easy to be overly critical without intending to be because we want the best for our kids. Faithful instruction is a good thing. The bible reminds us in Deuteronomy to make sure that teaching our kids about God and how He works should also be a part of that faithful instruction.
Talking to our kids about God isn’t just the church’s responsibility. The bible teaches it is first the responsibility of parents to teach children how to apply biblical truths in everyday situations. Fathers give all kinds of instruction to their children about such things as: school, work, relationships, dating, driving a car, etc. Just make sure you don’t leave talking about your faith out of those conversations. You can do it and it can be a natural part of your conversation. When was the last spiritual conversation you had with your kids and what was it about? Ask God to show you more natural opportunities to talk about Jesus with your family in ways that they can apply it to everyday life.