This post is more relaxed today. I’ve been hanging out with my wife and kids all day. It is a beautiful August day here in Colorado around 68 degrees and sunny. It’s a great day to chill with the family on a Saturday, and that is exactly what we’ve been doing, chillin’ in the Lord! See my post “Just Chillin’” from this morning.
My son was getting cabin fever, so he wanted to go out to do remote controlled cars. His favorite is his motorcycle guy. It is hilarious to watch that thing go! It balances very well and can take sharp corners with ease. He loves it! He lets me drive his fast replica Dodge Charger car, and we race. It’s awesome, and I always feel like a big kid out there with him. My daughter loves getting into the mix too. She has a monster truck and a little Lamborghini car she loves.
We were in the garage and my son noticed that the reflector on his bike was broken. My son has an engineering mind. He loves to build things and tear them apart to see how they work. He said, “Hey Dad, my reflector is broken.”
Now at this point, I could have just fixed it for him real quick and been done with it, but there is a better way. I grabbed the phillips head from the top shelf, and said, “here you go son, rightie tightie lefty loosie,” handing it to him. I gave him my “you can do it” nod of approval and told him he was great at fixing things (because he really is). He smiled at me with the smile he gives when he feels respected, and he completed the task with joy. He loves my tools and he is good at using them.
I love my kids, and I want to give them the best training I can possibly give them in all areas of their life. The most important training I could ever give my son and daughter is training in righteousness, and that is only found in the Bible. I have trained them how to use rifles, I have taught them how to fix things, I have taught them to fish the trout filled rivers of Colorado and stay alert in lion territory, and I have taught them street smarts and many other things. The most important thing I teach my kids about is faith in Jesus. The number one lesson I want them to learn is to follow Him and trust Him throughout their lives, and that is not easy.
We need to be in the Word and stay connected to Scripture, so we have that vital Holy wisdom flowing through us every day. We need God’s Word to wash over our minds and hearts every day and teach us how to live righteously. It’s not just about that Sunday sermon. Every day I need to be studying the Bible and letting God work in me, so that I will be ready to teach my kids at a moment’s notice as life happens…and it goes so quickly!
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in all righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17
If you want to teach your kids how to fix things, teach them how to use your tools. If you want them to be righteous, teach them the Bible. The Holy Scriptures will never lead them astray!
Blessings in abundance to you all!