Teach Them Diligently

Read Deuteronomy 6:1-9

Teach Them DiligentlyNow that Mia and I are engaged, sometimes I stop and think about what our future holds. At times I think about where our new home would be, other times I think about how our kids are going to turn out. Lately though, all that’s been in my head is what type of dad I’m going to be. I always joke to Mia that I will be the “cool” dad—the one that lets our kids stay up late, have ice cream after brushing their teeth and even let them go out whenever they want, and that she would be the strict parent. It’s a bit scary to think about these things, I will admit, but it’s also really exciting.

I came across these set of verses when I was doing my devotions, and it’s a pretty common verse. Usually, I would glance over some of the verses, and go onto what I thought the meat of the verses were in verse 5, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” That’s a really good verse to live by, of course. But what struck me more when I read it this time around is found on verse 7, “You shall teach them diligently to your children…” As a parent, it is their duty to be the bridge that shows them how to live our lives, to love and be dedicated to God.

When we were kids, my dad would force us to come together every Sunday morning and pray as a family. At the time, I didn’t feel like it and I didn’t see the need for it. I had my own relationship with Christ, why would we need to do it as a family? But now I see that my dad and mom were following the commandment set out before them. Their ongoing commitment and growth in Christ lead our family through many trying times. It was through my parents that my siblings and I learned how to truly love God and commit ourselves to Him and His will. I owe it to my parents, that I have this type of relationship with Christ.

As we celebrate Father’s Day this year, may we remember our dads in our prayers, commend them in their walk with the Lord, and thank them for their continuing commitment to our families.

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