When it comes to discipling my children, most of the time I feel like I’m not doing enough. While it’s good to be disciplined in this endeavor and have a plan with how we pour into our kids, recently God really encouraged me with something that stood out in Deuteronomy 6:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 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. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframe of your houses and on your gates.” (Deut. 6:5-9, emphasis mine)
Here’s three things God pointed out to me from this passage:
- Have constant conversations. The passage says to talk about the commandments constantly. This isn’t something I have to “add” to my life – it’s built in! Lately, I’ve been asking God to show me the opportunities where I can talk about Him to my kids. It’s amazing how many moments there are in a week when you can point to God about something in everyday life. Simple or profound, the opportunities are there!
- Impress them upon them. When the opportunity does arise, be bold! Impress the things of God on your kids. Don’t back down. Don’t be shy about it or dance around the whole truth. Impress it upon them.
- Write Scripture in your house. My wife does this a lot. Verses appear in places like the bathroom mirror, the front door, end tables, etc. This is really the only “do” kind of thing in this post, but it’s simple and effective.
So, there you have it. This encourages me because it doesn’t require much extra effort. I already have enough to “do,” so I need ways to disciple my children in what already “is” in life.
I have a feeling there’s much more to the “constant conversations” idea when it comes to raising children after God’s heart than we realize. Let’s pray for the eyes to see the opportunities, and the boldness to go for it in His power!