Psalm 45:17 “I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.”
We have long known the power of the written word.
It has inspired millions through the centuries to live, love, learn, create, motivate, comfort, and instruct. Whether philosophers, historians, or artists, scientists, mathematicians, or musicians, we are the sum of all we have learned.
To take in and absorb all that we’ve been given is wonderful. But, if we do not pass this on to the next generation, we will have failed miserably. God knew and has instructed us to teach the next generations.
Maturity is when we have successfully gleaned all the good from our parents and have begun to teach it to our children. Someone once said that parenthood’s success is when you see what you’ve taught in your grandchildren.
God instructed Israel to teach what they learned to their children.
Deuteronomy 6:7 “And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”
Families gathered at night to read together, sing together, and wind down after a long day’s work in much simpler times. Father usually read the Bible, prayed, and would go to sleep for the next day’s work began early.
Today, technology has stolen such a needful activity from our homes.
We eat dinner around the television screen, or everyone is too busy checking their phones to talk to one another. We hop on social media to get our “social interaction,” which leaves us unsatisfied, and they try to live in a virtual, fantasy world thinking we are ‘liked.”
God placed it in us to not only desire interaction, but suffer when we live without it.
Telling our story or testimony is essential to the generations to come.
Much of the ‘bad’ that ever happened in my parents’ lives was kept until we were older. They wanted to spare us from viewing them anything other than good parents.
I had learned both from my Mom and Dad that the difficulties they suffered through had helped me – even when they failed. I saw the fruit of the decision made and realized that it was not the path I would choose.
As a parent, I opened up my life to my children to ask whatever they would. I wanted them to feel that no subject was off-limits. As director for a faith-based addictions program, they heard me give testimony of my own addictions and how God helped me.
They asked how it felt to be drunk or high. I gave my children my honest assessment. At first, it felt good. I followed right after with:
Hebrews 11:25 “Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;”
I told them of the consequences I suffered because of my choices and the regret I now have for what I cannot change because of those choices.
We fear to tell of our failures because we feel they will not like us very much. I would rather risk a teaching moment through my failures than to see them go through the pain and heartache, knowing I could have warned them.
If you have no children, you do have influence over someone. Whether you see them or not, there is always someone watching you. When we live our lives as God instructs, we can begin to see fruit in those around us.
Ask God today to see if there is one person you can touch with your testimony. Tell them what good things God has done for you. Your salvation is always a good start.