Episode 30: Lest We Forget Podcast Outline
- Kids and Our Hearts
- What We Give Our Kids
- God’s Commandments
Introduction-Lest We Forget
Welcome to Healing Our Brokenness Episode 30: Lest We Forget. Have you ever left out the door and locked your keys inside of the house? What about something spiritual? Like the promises of God when you are going through. Today we are gong to talk about just that. Passing information down to our children lest they forget.
Kids and Our Hearts-Lest We Forget
When it comes to our children, they can really pull on our heartstrings. We all want what’s best for them. We want them to be happy, healthy, attend the best schools, participate in sports, have great friends, and the best manners when they are around other adults, especially our friends. Lastly, we all want them to have a better life than we had as kids.
What We Give Our Kids-Lest We Forget
Don’t get me wrong, education, sports, friends, and manners are all on my list of important things to help with a child’s development. However, God wants our major focus to be training them on giving him their hearts, having character, and a relationship with him. Everything else becomes a bonus.
Giving our children God’s commandments and instructions for our daily living should be just as important as passing down family history. When we tell our kids about the history of God’s goodness in our lives, it will become contagious. They will want the God of Abraham for themselves. They will want to tell their children. The best teacher of Christ to anyone is living a life that oozes out Jesus wherever we go. Our kids will see that, and even as they get older, they will remember.
God gives us explicit instructions on what we are to tell our children: “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And
thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
And it shall be, when the Lord thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not, And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full; Then beware lest thou forget the Lord, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. (KJV)
Hindrances-Lest We Forget
One of the main hindrances to feeding our children God’s Word, is that we make it legalistic, and we compare with how our friends are doing it. We focus on how their family holds hands and pray, whereas, we are just going over one verse or song per day.
When my kids were little, I found myself getting caught up in this. When I let God’s Spirit reign during teaching time, then God was glorified, and I felt freer. Being free to allow God’s
Spirit to move in whatever manner he sees fit for our families is enough. When we legalize it, it discourages us from wanting to give them the Word in the first place.
If we don’t feed them God’s Word, then they can’t pass down the knowledge to their children. When they are adults, and they have been brought out of their struggles, they can know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that it was only the Lord who did it.
Thank you for how you created our families. Please help us to teach our children about you in a way that is God-honoring first of all, and secondly, in a way that reflects who we are as families.
In your name we pray,