January 29, 2014
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.
I like to call this “by the way” time. As you walk along the road – as you go about your business, live your life – amidst the everyday activities. You may even sit at home. At some point, you lie down. What is it you are to do? You are to impress them on your children. What are you to impress on them? It is your love for the Lord, loving Him with all your heart, soul and strength. This love permeates your being, bringing a life of obedience to His commands.
If that is where your heart is, it should be natural to want to impress it upon your children. However, we are asked to be intentional about it – not necessarily in a structured educational time, but as you are with your kids. As you take them to soccer, their music lessons, stop by the store, fix dinner, fold clothes – talk to them about your love for the Lord. Tell them about the blessings He has given you (or someone else), make sure they know what God wants from them, what He has for them. Tell them about His great love – so much that He sent Jesus for them. Splash on them from His spring of living water that wells up within you. As you walk, refresh them with your love for Jesus.
The other day, Jim and I pulled into a parking place. In the next row, we saw a puddle full of happy birds. They were flapping their wings like crazy. They were taking baths. They were having a grand time. 🙂 May we be like those birds – happily, intentionally splashing away!