Words from the Heart for Thursday September 8th, 2016
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.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (NIV)
Teaching Our Children
Faith is to be passed on, not kept privately to oneself. If you are a parent, and even if you are not, are you passing on the things that have been taught to you? Are you talking about spiritual matters in the ordinary activities of life?
Teach for Canada is a non-profit organization that works with First Nations communities in northern Ontario to recruit, prepare, and support committed teachers. On First Nations reserves, 3 in 5 students do not complete high school. Too often, teachers arrive in remote and Indigenous communities without the preparation and support they need to succeed — and stay — in the classroom. The twin challenges of teacher supply and turnover compound historical injustice and systemic inequities to produce an education gap between First Nations and non-First Nations communities. The right teacher can help fill this gap. Inspired by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action on Education, Teach for Canada works with education directors, principals, teachers, and students in First Nations communities to develop readiness criteria, summer enrichment, and a support system for teachers.
The Christian faith is always only one generation away from annihilation. That will never happen, obviously, because nothing will ever defeat the Church of Jesus Christ. The point I’m making is that God doesn’t have any grandchildren. Each generation of godly parents is given the task of sharing the Gospel with their children. God gave that command to the people of Israel back in Deuteronomy 6:6-7: “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.” The people of Israel faced incredible persecution from enemies all around them but they faithfully have kept this command. We have the Hebrew Scriptures today because generation after generation they shared the stories with their children. We who know Jesus are called to the same task. The word impress is a strong one. We are to mark the lives of our children with the commands and precepts of God. The role of teaching our children is one that we are called to take seriously and we must look for ways to share with them throughout the day in every possible situation. Jesus did that with His disciples. He was constantly looking for ways to share the spiritual nature of His Kingdom with them. We are called to do the same with our children. God will give us plenty of opportunities if we will just recognize them.
These have been words from the heart.