“But the LORD’s faithful love is from forever ago to forever from now for those who honor him. And God’s righteousness reaches to the grandchildren of those who keep his covenant and remember to keep his commands.” Psalm 103:17-18 CEB
How do we pass down God’s righteousness to our children and grandchildren? By making memories with them as we educate them.
Because they live near a famous historical area, my son took his children, aged 7 and 3 to see some of the local sights, including history museums, battlefields and historical homes over the past year. Just before Memorial Day, he bought them both flags and taught them what Memorial Day was about.
The first thing that greeted us as we entered their house for a visit was my 7 year old grandson, explaining what the holiday meant in a very serious voice. He understood in his own 7-year-old way what patriotism was about because his parents had taken time with him and made memories as they educated him. Even at seven years old, he wanted to be sure we understood what the holiday meant too. What a joy to spend time with him, making more memories with his Lego® blocks and his flag.
Likewise, when the Lord is at the center of a family’s heart and life, the parents don’t just educate their children about faith in Christ by telling them about the Lord. They model what Christianity looks like. They teach them the important aspects of their faith with the stories they tell along with the everyday lessons about Christianity.
It’s the joyful time spent together living and laughing, telling stories and playing them out together that cements those lessons into their children’s’ hearts. The memories of the laughter mixed with the lessons will come back to the children and draw them back when they slip away. It strengthens them when they need extra encouragement through the hard times and it will help them remember the Lord’s commands when they seek direction for their lives.
Lord, help me to spend time with you as well as with my family, making precious memories while passing on to them your love, mercy and grace. Amen.