“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 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, NKJV.
I enjoy a good game of soccer. I played intramural soccer in college and used those skills to make friends at camp and on mission trips. Most of the players I met played offense. They enjoyed the challenge of working the ball down the field and into the opponents’ goal. My philosophy was a little different. I was “crazy” enough to want to play goalie. I enjoyed the challenge of staying in the back field, watching and observing the moves of the opponent players and being ready to keep the other team from scoring. When our middle son started to play soccer, I wondered which type of player he would be. He loves both. He is willing to run down the field and get open for a shot, and he is willing to stay back and defend his goal. It makes him a valuable player on the team and it gives him the advantage of knowing both the offensive and defensive strategies.
Parents are like soccer players. Some of them want the challenge of being out front, working against the opponents of life and helping their family team score successes. Others want to hang back and be the last line of defense to protect their families from the opponents’ attacks. Both types of parents are necessary, and, if you are a parent, you may find that sometimes you have to be willing to do both. What we cannot be as parents are spectators. We cannot be those who stay on the sidelines and are either disengaged from the game, or are just cheerleaders. We have to be a part of the team that God has entrusted to us as a family.
The passage today says that we must “teach them diligently….” We cannot be teaching our children the truths of God, and setting the example of one who loves God with all his heart, if we are not engaged in their lives. We are to be with them, talk with them, spend time with them and consistently teach them the commands of God. We are to be the offense and defense that scores and protects for the ones we love.
Thought-provoker: Are you in the game when it comes to your family? Are you using your strengths to rear the children God has given you to guide them toward God’s love?
Lord, thank You for my family. Help me to be a team player and take the position You have ordained for me to fulfill. I know You are the ultimate Parent and I thank You for Your guidance! Amen.
Hope you have a good, Godly day!