Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Examples to our Children

Are we good examples for our children? What sort of language do we use around our children, or do we gossip and talk about others around our children? Children hang on to every word that comes from their mothers and fathers. What are you teaching your child?

Are we teaching our children the ways of the world,or are we teaching them the ways of the LORD? To teach someone is to go over and over the lessons until they get it. Do we go over and over the word of God with our children, teaching them to pray to the Father, to give thanks to the LORD, to worship Him in song, or are we teaching them the ways of the world? How to use a cell phone, how to use a computer, the words to the latest hit on secular radio. In other words how much time do we spend with them teaching them the Bible, and how much time do we spend teaching them the ways of the world?

These days, children will say something that is inappropriate and we say, isn't that cute, or I wonder where they pick up the things they say. They pick them up from observing the people around them. Who do your children spend most of their time with, and how much damage control do you do when you get them home with you? Do you have a family prayer time together, and a family bible study time together? How can they learn the ways of the LORD, if they are constantly watching videos, or playing games on the computer, or just spending time once a week in church?

You say my child is still too young to understand the Bible. Are they smart enough to know how to turn on a computer, or put a video in to watch, or play games, or to repeat what they hear. Then they are smart enough to understand the Bible when read and explained to them. The problem is, are we versed enough in the word to tell them the stories of the Bible and to tell them the ways of Jesus, so that they will desire to live like Jesus and not like the 'Brittany Spears', and Hannah Montanahs of the world. Who are you letting your child make their idols? Where does Jesus fit into your child's life, and if asked about Jesus, how much could your child tell someone about JESUS, verses how much they could tell them about Hannah Montanah or Dora Dora or whoever they are in tuned to?

The way I learned the stories of the Bible, was when I first accepted the Lord, I wanted to get involved in my church, so I started teaching the 2-3 year olds. The lessons they learned each week, I learned along with them. Then my interest was peaked so that I wanted to know more about this wonderful Savior of mine. Jesus says, we will come to Him as little children. No one just wakes up and knows all about the Bible, you have to start somewhere. Why not learn while teaching the little ones at the same time? You do not have to teach a Sunday School class to teach your child, there are many little books and Bibles that you can purchase at the Christian Book Stores, or your church book store to help you to teach your child. Next time instead of buying that new video game, or computer game, buy a Child' s Bible and spend time with your child that will bless you both. AMEN!

Deut. 4 v 9....Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them....

Deut. 11 v 18-19....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.....

Prov. 22 v 6....train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.....

At the end of everyday, when we lay our heads down on our pillows, we ask ourselves, what kind of example was I to my child today?

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