April 19, 2017

Deuteronomy 6:7 (NLT) — 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.

We talk about what is important to us. We also talk about the person who means the most to us. If you are passionate about Jesus you will talk about him. If you listen to a person long enough you will discover what they are passionate about. As our children listen to us they soon discover what we are passionate about and they also become passionate about the same thing because we are their heroes.

My little granddaughter Vesper has heard me talk about bicycles, she has seen my bicycles and when she wasn’t even walking yet I had Cleo set her on the seat of one of my bikes and I took a picture. Well Vesper talks about when she is big enough she wants a bicycle. When we go to Walmart or Fleet Farm she wants to see the bicycles. She already knows that she wants a pink one with a pink helmet! Our passions do rub off on our children.

Quite often as he was growing up Jeremy would see me reading my bible. When he was in junior high he would come and ask me if we could read the bible together. So we would read a chapter in Proverbs. I would read a verse and then he would read a verse and we would alternate like that through the whole chapter. Sometimes I would stop and comment on a verse and tell him how it would relate to our lives. It would go something like this:

Proverbs 25:28 (NLT) — 28 A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.

I would tell him that in those days the people of a city would build a wall around the city to protect themselves from enemies who might want to harm them or steal from them. Jeremy was now freshman in high school and he had a job earning his own money. I knew that in a couple of years he would want to have a car. I told him that self control would help him save his money. It would be like a wall that would protect his money. I said that without self control he would have no wall of protection but that he would be tempted to buy everything that his heart desired. He got the point. In two years time he had put away enough money to buy a good used car. In time I was also able to relate that verse to dating, sex, eating, exercise, sleeping, etc.

Back to our reading of Proverbs. Sometimes he would stop and tell what he thought the verse meant or he would ask me what it meant. In this way he would see the wisdom and the relevancy of God’s word to his life. In this way we were able to take God’s word with us where ever we went in life.

Jeremy is now your pastor at Hilltop. He is talking to you about things he heard me talking to him about. You can see that he has a love for God’s word and a passion for Jesus. It all started when he was a child. Keep at it and be patient and the word of God will eventually sink into your children’s hearts.

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