As parents, we have an immense and important role in teaching our children. We are their first teachers, educating them on how to eat, how to walk, and how to speak. The Bible also calls us parents to teach our children the Word of God. Proverbs 22:6 tells us to “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” This tells us that what we teach our children about God when they are little will influence how they live their entire lives!
But how do we go about teaching them? The Bible has an answer for that too! In Deuteronomy 6:6-7 God says, “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them 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.”
When you sit in your house
This seems to me like family time together. Talk about the Lord over family meals. Read the Bible or children’s books of Bible stories together. Do devotions as a family. You could also watch faith filled movies together and talk about it afterward, or sing children’s church songs with your little ones while they’re taking a bath. Every day moments can be turned into learning moments.
When you walk by the way
Back when the book of Deuteronomy was written, the primary mode of transportation was walking. While we still do sometimes “walk by the way” we most often get from place to place in cars now. Either way, God gives us direction to teach our children about Him while we’re on the go. On the way to school in the morning we can pray with our kids, and ask them where they saw God at work that day on the way back home. We can turn the radio in the car to a Christian station and sing the songs with them. We could even witness to our children (and anyone else who happens to be in the car) on the way to sporting events, the grocery store, or anywhere else we may need to go. Car time is valuable time.
When you lie down
In my home, lie down time is bed time. And bed time is another important time of the day that we can use to teach our children about God. Bed time tends to be the time where my children, in an effort to stay up later, are ready to talk and connect with us parents. If your kids are the same way, let them ask you questions about life and about God. Read a little bit from the Bible as part of the bedtime routine. Pray with them, setting the example of talking to God like a close friend. The concept of talking with the Creator can be intimidating, but we are friends of God, and He wants us to come boldly to Him (Hebrews 4:16)!
When you rise up
Rising up in the morning and getting ready for the day can be a time dedicated to the Lord as well. We can encourage our children to pray before they get out of bed. We can play worship music while they get dressed and brush their teeth. They can say their memory verses or write down a goal they have for living out their faith that day. If they happen to be with us throughout the day, we can set an example and live out our faith in front of our children.
I hope you found some inspiration for teaching your own children today! Which of these ideas could you implement into your parenting? What are some ways you have already been teaching your children? Please share in the comments below!