“These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.” – Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 is a passage of scripture that is read most Family / Baby dedication. Parents are called to pass their faith on to their kids. In order to answer call, we first must have “a faith” of our own. We have to listen to the things that God has commanded to us. After hearing or reading what God has instructed we are then called to living out. Time after time, Jesus reminds us that He is not impressed with knowing a lot about the Bible, but instead it’s living it out that matters.
If you ask me, this is where the rubber meets the road for all parents. Too many things that we want are kids to learn our caught not taught. This means regardless of what we say our kids are going to do what we do.
What we’re really telling our kids:
We Say: “Just tell them I’m not home”
We Teach: “Follow Me – It’s ok to lie if the other person is annoying”.
We Post on Facebook: “I’m so glad school has started, my kids are driving me crazy”!
We Teach: “Follow Me – Respect and kind words are only necessary when we think the other person is listening.”
We Say: “You don’t know what real problems are, just wait until you have a mortgage.”
We Teach: “Follow Me – Don’t come to me when you’re hurting, I’m not safe.”
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” – James 1:22
DANGER: Asking our kids to “Do as I say, but NOT as I do” is in fact, a really effective way of passing on our life and faith.