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Online Bible Verses - Deuteronomy 6: 6-7: Teach Our Children About God

Updated on May 11, 2012

“These commandments that I give you today are to be on 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.” Deuteronomy 6: 6-7NIV

Many things we as parents should strive for when instructing and teaching our children. Taking a look around, seems we have a generation of kids who spend a great deal of time in front of a screen with a joystick in their hands. At the same age, it would have been much more likely to find me outside with a shovel, lawnmower, basketball or football in my hands. If I was found watching TV during the day, my mom just shut it off and told me to go find something worthwhile to do.

As I look around and ponder, with concern, so many young people in need of direction, it makes me increasingly aware of my primary job. That being, to show and teach my own children how to put God first. In doing so, allow Him to shape and mold them into servants full of motivation and purpose. People who exude positive energy and infuse it into others. Motivators and bright lights. Glass half full types who knock down, go around and climb over obstacles.

Sometimes this process requires discipline, which no one else is equipped to provide. In turn, it makes Daddy the bad guy. And he is a bad guy of sorts, telling others how to be when he, at times, is not. God, in His wisdom, makes it clear in reminding us, as instructors, to convey His word as a how-to template for living; sound and correct, a model for behavior and conduct. Something we strive for diligently, yet sometimes fall short of. Which, in no way invalidates its truth, supporting rather our clear need for grace along with a law defining what is good.

See we are to talk about these things at every opportunity. Certainly daily, even many times per day. Put another way, teach them to set aside time to serve He who provides them the very air they breathe. In doing so, take action and get to work on something productive and good. By the time we get around to turning on the TV or game, we are too tired to play.


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