I sat down to write this morning and discovered that I didn’t really have anything profound to say. A lot of mornings, I have so many thoughts to pick from that it’s hard to decide what to write. This morning, though, there’s not much in my brain.
It’s been a pretty ordinary week. As I pondered the past week, I realized I haven’t taught my kids any great lessons. I haven’t conquered any huge hurdles. We’ve just been going along living life.
But then I realized that this week is exactly what a lot of weeks look like in our family. It’s a week of a normal schedule. It’s a week where we’ve had conversations about important things, but they’ve just been a part of the everyday fabric of our lives. We’ve talked about God, presidential politics, relationships, schoolwork and our words.
None of these conversations have been earth-shattering. None of them have resulted in massive behavior changes in my kids. None of them have included an object lesson or a Scripture reading. All of them, though, have been aimed at my kids’ hearts.
You see, we don’t have to have a big lesson for our kids every day. We don’t have to see a sea change in behavior every week. We don’t have to make a big impact every time we open our mouths. We simply have to be faithful.
Our kids are listening and watching. They’re checking to see if we’re consistent in what we say to them. They’re watching to see if our actions match up to our words. They learn more in the everyday, ordinary weeks than they do in the weeks where we set out to teach them something.
We can’t always have a big lesson for our kids, but we can always be faithful in carrying out the instructions in Deuteronomy 6:6-9: “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Simply talking consistently with our kids about what God expects from them and about who God is allows us to faithfully carry out our instructions from God.
We don’t always get to see big results. Sometimes we see just the opposite, but if we are faithful, then God will plant seeds in our children’s hearts that will grow and become fruit. We just have to remember that even the ordinary weeks offer opportunities to draw our children closer to God. All that’s required is that we be faithful to our calling as parents.
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