“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” Deuteronomy 4:9 (NIV)
Her heart breaks as she watch her girls struggle. Navigating the waters of school, She watch as the storms of rejection slam against their hearts.
Often, She feel like She’s in the hurricane with them. Why does she feel vulnerable when She sees the tears in their eyes?
I guess it’s because memories of Her own turbulent teen years which are not far gone. The painful remembrances of growing up come to the surface: confusion, a boy’s brush-off, constant over-analyzing herself.
Yet Her girls’ struggles also bring thankfulness to Her heart. Thanksgiving that God sent amazing friends into Her life when She was a young woman. She remembers the ones who helped Her discover that no man, be it a dad, boyfriend or even a husband one day, could fill the love-gap in Her heart. Only Jesus can fill what He created.
She also is thankful God has placed Her there, in Her daughters’ lives, to share with them this same truth. She sees that, when Jesus showed her He was the only one who can fill the emptiness of her heart, He didn’t just give that truth for Her! Jesus gave this truth so She can pass His radical love on to Her kids and hopefully Her grandkids one day.
What is one truth God has revealed to you which you can pass on to your children, your children’s children or young people in your world? God has given revelations to you, treasures from His Word, glimpses into His heart. He has entrusted those to you not just for your benefit, but also for the benefit of your family and those in your sphere of influence.
Has the Lord given you a clear understanding of forgiveness? Teach your child the process of working through a grudge. Have you experienced the Lord’s healing? Come alongside those in your life as they mend. Do you cling to hope because God has lifted your spirits? Share that with another who’s in the middle of grim circumstances.
As our key verse tells us, “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” (Deut. 4:9)
We have opportunity and influence in the lives of our children and others. Let’s not take for granted all the Lord has done in our lives. Instead, let’s be intentional to pass on the good things the Lord has accomplished so our children will be encouraged to trust Him for the things to come in their lives.
Dear Lord, help me be intentional today to share with my children and those in my life all of the truth You have set to work in my life. Let me take advantage of the message You have given me and pass Your Word on to the next generation. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Reflect and Respond:
In the next 24 hours, look for an opportunity to share with your child, or someone you love, one truth the Lord has made real in your life. When you connect a teaching to a story, it helps stick in the heart of your listener!
When is your child most open to hearing testimonies from your life? Think of these times in advance so when the time comes, you are ready to share.
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.” (NIV)
- Your Foolish Tongue (shelleywilliamsblog.com)
- He Is… (girlfriendscoffeehour.com)
- Why God Loves You So. (followhimhome.wordpress.com)
- The World and ME (followhimhome.wordpress.com)