The Parent Race: Week 2 - Day 5

Opening Prayer:

Lord, let us keep your word on our lips at all times. Let our homes be filled with words of your perfect love. Help us communicate well to those around us. Amen.

 

Read: Deuteronomy 6:4-7, NIV

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 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.”

 

Reflect:

Research shows that words like grace, mercy, wisdom, faith, sacrifice, honesty, and righteousness have been steadily declining in use over the course of the last century. Further examination reveals that they’re not falling out of our collective vocabulary because of some oppressive force. No, people surveyed widely reported that they’re not using religious words because they’re indifferent to faith or that they avoid it because it is controversial. That is a far cry from talking about God’s word at all times as described in Deuteronomy. In one sense, when you consider all the ways people have used sacred language for harm, it’s understandable that some people shy away from using it at all.

 Where some people see this as the depressing state of society, I see an incredible opportunity. We have the ability, at this moment, to steer our collective ship towards redemptive faith conversations. By speaking of (and demonstrating) God’s grace, love, beauty, and passion for true justice in our homes, we can give our children confidence to speak these things to light in public.

 

Apply:

Commit to honestly discuss faith in your family. Talk about why you attend church, why you consult scripture when making a decision, and the ways you experience God. Be honest when you find faith difficult. Be open to questions from your children (one of mine asks me, on a consistent basis, how God can be real if he doesn’t have a mom). Don’t shy away from doubt or seemingly off-the-wall questions; kids will be more confident in their faith when they see that it is a journey and that talking it all out is natural. If sacred talk is consistent in your home, kids will be able to confidently speak it in public!

 

Closing Prayer:

Thank you for being a God who loves words. You SPOKE life into being and it has continued expanding ever since. Words matter, and we pray our words heal rather than hurt. Help us impress goodness on those we meet using your holy words. Amen.

Terry Schneider