Deuteronomy 6:6-7 “Listen Up Parents”
These commandments that I give you today are to be upon 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.
If a parent doesn’t teach God’s commands to their children, they aren’t doing what God requires. If your parents haven’t reinforced them over and over again, they have work to do. If your parents don’t read the Bible to you at bedtime and teach you to do a devotion when you wake up, then we parents aren’t doing our job. If your parents don’t teach you how to think about God’s commandments in your daily discussions, then there is parent improvement room.
Do you know why God wants to reinforce the right thinking on children? One reason might be children’s subconscious minds are being programmed when they’re young, and the more correct information that gets put in place before the “world” starts dumping the trash TV, movies, radio, et al., the better the chance that the good programming will take hold and the automatic pilot of each of us will be programmed for the good and not for evil.
That’s also why programs that help neglected or abused children are so vitally important. When these children are exposed to loving people and see there’s a better way and a loving God, it’s a miracle to them. Our help or input may be that spark of hope provided to that child that someday may make a difference. That’s why God says over and over, when you help the little child, you help me.
Maybe you’re not a parent yet, but you can be a leader and a good example for those people you are around. Can you imagine trying to get through life without the support of God? If your parents didn’t remind you as often as they should have, I promise they wish they would have done more. But, you can give yourself the same benefits by making God a focus of every day. When you wake up in prayer and go to bed in prayer, you’ll never forget what matters! Then, watch how good things begin to happen.
A personal message...
“These devotions were written to my four children, Christian, Mike, Allison and Alex. By the kids allowing these to be shared publicly, our hope is that the devotions will make a positive and eternal difference in the lives of other young people as they mature. Enjoy. Rick Isaacson”