And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children.
Best parental advice on the planet right here...Commit myself wholeheartedly to God’s Word, tell my children, and tell them and tell them and tell them again and again and again.
Isn’t it interesting that children usually adopt the affectations, habits, and even careers of their parents? Even in ye olden times the Smith family got their last name, for example, from being the blacksmith of the village. The family business was traditionally handed down and kept in the family.
Even in modern times with unlimited options available in our western culture, the same thing accidentally happens. In my family my parents were both hight school English teachers. My sister went to college to take the same route, became a high school English teacher and is now a principal. I, however, went to college to pursue the fine arts but ended up with a teaching credential and taught for years before we started a family. And my brother got his MBA and has worked in an office for two decades but guess what he does regularly on the side? Teaching. Hmmmm. And I know this progression isn’t unique to just my family.
So if our children are going to most likely tend to do what we do, I really need to pay attention to what I do!
Modern science is trying to find an “alcohol” gene to try and explain why alcoholism gets passed down from generation to generation in some families. But we know why that happens, don’t we? What we show again and again, what we repeat again and again to our children is what sticks whether it’s smithing, teaching, or drinking.
I want my kids to follow the Lord Jesus Christ every day of their lives, so that is what I must show them and teach them over and over. It’s the family business!
Thank you for the children in our home! I love them so much; they truly are very special gifts. Help me to commit myself wholeheartedly to your Word and your Will so they will learn how to do that too. Help me to be faithful to teach them and encourage them, to structure their lives so they know what does and what does not please you. I love you and I thank you and I pray in your Son’s name. Amen.