Memorial Day is for remembering those who have lost their lives while serving our country. It’s also become a day for treasuring those who are closest to us and still with us. Most families can be found somewhere together, grilling out or by the pool (those were my experiences growing up).
Let me encourage you to take advantage of days like today (and any day) to talk with your children about the most important things. In Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Moses commands the Israelites of what is most important and then, the need to pass it on to the next generation. How was this truth and belief in God going to be transferred? It would be passed to the next generation through formal teaching and informal, as-you-go living. Listen to the words of the Lord through Moses:
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
The key to effective discipleship in your home is the passing on of your faith in everyday life and conversations. Moses reminds the people to talk about the things of God. There’s no secret formula, but simply a charge to be intentional about conversations in day to day situations. This passage could say, “Talk about them when you’re grilling out for Memorial Day, when you’re on vacation, when you’re driving to vacation, as you’re sharing war stories, etc.”
Have a conversation today about what matters. Tell your children stories about those who gave their lives serving their country, for something bigger than themselves. Remind them that there is something bigger than all of us worth giving our lives to – the gospel of Jesus Christ. Remind them that as believers we have hope not only in this life, but in the next. Ask, “Does this hope of eternal life change the way we should live our lives?”
Simply put: every conversation matters.
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