How Doing Something For My Kids Surprised Me (In All The Right Ways)

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in Stories

How Doing Something For My Kids Surprised Me (In All The Right Ways)

“We will not hide them from their descendants;
    we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,
    his power, and the wonders he has done.” (Psalm 78:4)

Last month, as school was about to start, I wrote this post on my blog: “5 Simple Ways to Connect Your Kids with the Bible as School Starts.” If you decide you want to read it, I would LOVE to hear your ideas as well.

Kari and I decided to implement #1 right away: Tape a verse smack dab in the middle of the bathroom mirror. We haven’t done it every day, but most days the kids wake up to find a Bible verse when they groggily look into the mirror.

Honestly, most days we don’t even talk about it. Some days I’ll bring it up at breakfast. I actually thought we would do that more than we do. However, even if we never talked about it, I’ve come to find value in this that surprised me.

Value #1: Since I’m trying to pick verses mostly about who God is, who they are, and how we are to serve others, I am reminded of the same truths. It has been good for me to either go to bed thinking about the verse I just put up. Or, if I forget to do it the night before, to have the first thing I do each morning be to write these truths is a terrific way to start the day.

Value #2: I am more intentional about praying for my kids. I know I should pray for them more than I do. I know it should come more naturally. It’s not that I don’t want to pray. I just forget. Life gets too noisy. This little ritual puts me in a mindset where I’m thinking about, and praying for, my kids first thing in the morning.

Give it a try. Or try something else. Maybe the bathroom mirror isn’t the best spot. Maybe you have an older kid and the steering wheel is better. Or maybe send them a Bible verse via text every day or two. Or maybe slip one inside their lunch sack. Or maybe write a verse backwards on their foreheads in permanent pen. (Did I go too far?)

The world is a noisy place. If you and I have a tendency to forget who God is and who we are, why should we think that our kids are any different?

After you try this – or something else – for a week or two, let me know how it goes. And let me know your other ideas as well. I need all the help I can get.

Alongside,
Keith
Keith can be reached via email here.


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