We desire to raise our children to know and love truth. We want them to be able to discern truth from lies.
But how do we do this? Most of us don’t have degrees in Bible and Theology!
There are so many world views and beliefs that include half truths or things that sound like the truth. How do we teach our kids to recognize these partial truths (or complete lies) from the real truth? The answer is more simple than we may think!
Do you know how people are trained to detect counterfeit money? They are trained to distinguish counterfeit money from true money NOT by studying counterfeit money or ways that counterfeit money is made, but by studying REAL money! The more familiar they are with real money, the more easily they recognize a counterfeit.
Isn’t that amazing! Because they know what is REAL, they easily recognize what is FALSE!
The same holds true for our children (and for us too!) We don’t need to worry about teaching our kids all about various false world views and beliefs, we just need to focus on teaching them TRUTH and trusting, that through their knowledge of truth, the Holy Spirit will reveal to them what is false.
This is pretty fun (and encouraging) to watch, especially in young children. There have been several times our children have challenged something they heard (often quite forcefully). They usually can’t even tell us WHY something is false; they just know that it is! This provides a great opportunity to explain to them why it is false and then to explain again what the truth is.
This simplifies the process somewhat, but still leaves me with SO MUCH to teach my children. It still feels overwhelming!
Praise be to God! He has given us the answer:
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, 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. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:6-9
It all comes down to daily habits. Developing habits isn’t easy, but once the habit is developed, you reap the benefits for a lifetime.
This is my passion! Helping you develop systems and habits to keep daily life running smoothly. The most important habit you can develop as a family is a time to read the Bible together.
Many families desire to have a regular “family devotion” time, but something often gets in the way. Schedules can make it hard to find time together. Young children, wandering attention and interruptions can make the time feel fruitless. However, keeping it simple and consistent will produce long-lasting results!
The benefit of habit and repetition, through the power of the Holy Spirit, is a simple way we can train ourselves and our children to be fully devoted followers of Christ.
What is your biggest struggle when it comes to family devotions?
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