Through squinted, sleep-deprived eyes I read the words of Moses while holding my newborn Liam, and my heart was stirred, and my newest calling clarified:
“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom,” Psalm 90:12.
“Teach us” – this doesn’t come naturally; it must be learned.
“To number our days” – to know in theory and believe in practice that our time on earth is limited.
“That we may gain a heart of wisdom” – in learning to make the most of our God-given time we gain wisdom to better know God and live according to His way.
Reading and meditating upon that verse by lamplight reminded me of something important: I have a limited number of days with this little man, and each of them should be lived on purpose.
For the past ten years I had been faithfully discipling young women. But now in this new stage of life, God has given me the opportunity and responsibility to disciple a little boy.
Moses says in Deuteronomy 6:7 that we, as parents, are to teach our children diligently. The phrase “teach them diligently” is one word in the Hebrew language, meaning “to inculcate, or to implant by repeated statement.”
My persistent, purposeful transference of truth, in word and deed, would be the means by which my son would learn of God.
I knew this placed great importance upon my daily walk with God, because if I strayed from Him, I would lead my son down the same path. I cannot expect him to accurately see Christ if I present a poor reflection in my own life.
Warren Wiersbe says of this passage in Deuteronomy 6:
“To love God and worship and serve Him is the highest privilege we can have, so when the Lord commands us to love, He is inviting us to that which is best.”
We all want what is best for our children, right? If loving and serving God is our “highest privilege,” then we must ask, what steps can I take today to lead my children down that path?
The glorious answer to this is that it takes place continually. Wherever we are, and whatever we’re doing, I have the opportunity to disciple my son. Verse seven says this takes place when we are active, at work, at rest, during the day, and at night. In other words, all throughout the day we are to be sharing God’s Word. We can do this when it is written on our hearts, (Deuteronomy 6:6; Psalm 119:10-11) and the Holy Spirit is equipping us to communicate it. I’m so glad this is the case, because my now two-year-old is always on the go!
This is why I feel it is so important to keep God’s Word before us as a family.
I want there to be a Word from God speaking into every room and event our family enjoys. As Deuteronomy 6:9 says, “write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
One way that we do this as a family is not fancy, costly, or ground-breaking. We write verses of Scripture on our bathroom mirrors with dry erase markers, use chalk on an old picture frame that has been painted with chalk-board paint, post coloring pages on the refrigerator, place index cards in the car, and hang print-outs in the house where we will see them.
Having Scripture scattered all over our domain allows God to frame every moment we experience.
My son may not see or understand the words to these verses right now. But he sees me, by God’s power, bringing my life in line with words he will later understand and, I am praying, grow to love.
*How are you teaching your child each day to love the Lord with all their heart, soul, and might?
*Feel free to print the verse below and hang in a place of “sight” to get you started.
*We hope you’ll take advantage of the free printable above, created by Jennie Mckay herself! We’ve talked a great deal about Deuteronomy 6 lately. How are you intentionally training your children as you go? Let’s learn from one another and spur one another on in this tremendous responsibility! Feel free to comment below with your thoughts; we love hearing from you!