By Pastor Dennis Morales
“And these words … You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house…” Deuteronomy 6:6–7
Dad is on his phone checking the scores and Mom is cuddled up with her tablet reading her favorite blogs or updating her status. The children can also be seen on their tablets playing their favorite games or watching movies. Unfortunately, this scene is a growing trend in our current family structure. Now I am all for technology, but sometimes it can blur the lines of responsibility for us as parents to schedule “quality time” with our kids.
The Bible is clear about parental responsibility to engage their children in deep heart-to-heart conversations about the Lord that impart more than facts, but teach solid wisdom. We can do things like “conversational walks” with our children or go on short drives to the store for “one on one” time. A characteristic of a strong family is that they spend quality time together. Our Heavenly Father exemplifies this to us in His desire to spend time with us (Exodus 29:43). Our children are a heritage from the Lord and “teachable moments” are all around us. If my son is scared, it’s an opportunity to teach him about God’s presence. Jesus did this when he taught His disciples through a storm. The Bible says to make the “best use of our time” (Ephesians 5:16) and to “make the most of every opportunity” (Colossians 4:5). Our opportunity is now to prepare our children to trust God in every situation. Time is a gift and it is short.
Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets Sundays, 10:30am, and Wednesdays, 7:00pm at Clara Barton Elementary School (7437 Corona Valley Ave, Eastvale). Visit their website at www.calvaryeastvale.org.