What Are They Learning?
As many in this Nation are now faced with home educating our children, in the midst of the academic training, let us not forsake teaching them to trust God through teaching of His Word. Teach them how a young David stood courageous in the face of a giant. Teach them of the prophet Samuel who obediently listened and heard the word of the Lord and declared it even from a young age. Teach them that from everlasting to everlasting, God’s love is with them (Psalm 103:17).
So I was curious to find out what I had been teaching my children about how to handle a crisis so I asked them, “How can you trust God with all that’s going on in the world right now?” And I must say I was a bit surprised at their responses. As a parent you hope and pray that what your teaching is falling on good ground, but somedays you may doubt because kids are kids. Sometimes they act like they aren’t listening. And sometimes they disobey. And sometimes they are playing during evening devotions (does that ever happen in your house?). But here’s what my a few of my children had to say:
“I cast my cares on Him. I give Him what’s bothering me so I don’t have to worry about it. You know Mommy that verse about Jesus’ burden is light.” - S. age 14
“He hides me under His wing. Oh yeah and His blood covers me like when they put the blood on the doorpost.” - E. age 9
“God loves me.” - J. age 7
Our children see, they hear and they are being taught. It brings to mind one of America’s most memorable television commercials from the 1980’s. It was an anti-drug public service announcement called “Like Father, Like Son.” In the commercial the father wants to know why the child was in possession of drugs and the child exclaims, “I learned it by watching you!” With our actions and reactions, we demonstrate how to handle a crisis.
So what will we show our children during this time of crisis? Trust or skepticism? Fear or faith? Let them see, let them hear, and let us teach them to trust God. Let us model for them that in a crisis, Christ is the answer.
Tyra Lane-Kingsland is a speaker, Women’s Ministry Director and author of the book Purposeful Parenting. She enjoys facilitating the classes she’s developed on parenting and Health & Wellness. It is her assertion that health is wealth and believes that optimal health is achieved through proper nourishment, rest and exercise. Tyra is an attentive wife and mother of six. Knowing that God causes all things to work together for good, she is on a passionate pursuit to see women inspired to live fully!
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