Teach Your Children Well

9  Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren,

Deuteronomy 4:9

Our 2-year old grandson, Cameron, stayed with us Friday and Saturday.  It is times like this that will remind you how much energy a 2-year old has, and how little energy you have.

It is also amazing how much a 2-year old will pick up.  Young children are a “sponge.”  They  soak up everything you say and do.  Unfortunately that works for bad things as well as good things.  At a young age, a child can be easily influenced in what they say and do.

At dinner Friday night, he kept saying what sounded like “Baa-Baa-Baa” over and over again.  It was a simple task to turn that into “Baa-Baa-Baa, Baa-Barbara Ann.”  Suddenly, and simply, I was able to introduce The Beach Boys into his life.

Cameron loves to “read” books.  My wife bought one for him entitled “A Bedtime Prayer.”  It became another opportunity to teach him more about God and prayer.  He puts his hands together and bows his head.  I know, it’s just something that he thinks is cute and he doesn’t understand what he is doing, but it is sowing seeds at an early age.

It’s important to teach children about God at an early age.  They are eager to learn anything that they are exposed to.  Young children may not be too excited to eat broccoli, but they will listen to, and become involved in, a good story.  And what better story to tell them about than God’s love for them; about how God made the birds, the animals, the trees, and everything else; about God’s Son and how much He loved the little children.  We have music CDs of children’s songs that tell about God’s love.  After playing the music a few times, it is fun to watch Cash, our 4-year old grandson, march around like he is in God’s Army, listen to Sloane, our 7-year old granddaughter, sing about Father Abraham, and watching both of them clap their hands if they’re happy.

Those trips to Grandma’s house are meant to be fun.  So are visits to the zoo, a ride through the countryside, or just watching Bubble Guppies.  But we need to be sure we make learning about God a part of those visits.  There is so much for children to learn in this world.  But there is nothing as simple as God’s love. 

You never know how much impact what you say and do will have on a child.  Cameron may not really remember much about the Beach Boys, but he remembers what to do when it is time to pray.  And that’s a great start for a 2-year old.

© 2014 Charles A. Kalkomey

March 15, 2014