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Are they even listening?

By Irina Coombes
October 6, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE to read today’s passages.

Jeremiah 6:16-8:7
Colossians 2:8-23
Psalm 78:1-31
Proverbs 24:26

When I was younger, I did not really understand parables and when the Bible spoke in "code". To tell you the truth, I didn't like to think more than I needed to and solving a problem was not high on my priority list. My grandfather loved explaining those parables to me and telling me the stories of the Bible. Of all the stories he told me when he drove me to school, my favorite one was when he explained to me what it meant to be the salt and light of the world. 

I had the privilege of speaking at his funeral last week and sharing that verse with family and friends who attended. Many other people came to share stories and memories of my grandfather. Psalm 78:1-8 talks about passing on stories and truths to the next generation. The stories I heard of my grandfather embodied these verses. My grandfather knew no stranger and he didn't pass a person without telling them about Jesus. But most importantly, he made sure his 8 children, 17 grandchildren, and 32 great-grandchildren knew about Jesus and knew the importance of living for him. He didn't just tell us though. He lived it every day.

I have been thinking a lot about my own parenting tactics throughout the last week as we were reminiscing, sharing stories, and catching up with family at the funeral. I've made it my mission to do a better job as a parent so I can pass on what my grandfather did. My children are young now but God's word does not return to him void. Even when we think our kids aren't listening - whether they are 8 years old and want to play or 16 years old and tell us they don't care - they are listening. Pastor Rob preached on the power of praying parents a few weeks back that also made an impact on me. Continue to pray. Continue to teach. Continue to be patient. The kids are listening. 

To Memorize:

We will not hide these truths from our children;
we will tell the next generation
about the glorious deeds of the Lord,
about his power and his mighty wonders.

— Psalm 78:4

Prayer to start with: Lord, sometimes I lose hope and wonder if I'm doing an ok job as a parent. I know that your word is powerful, full of truth and love, and that it will not fall on deaf years. Be with my children as they grow up and help them to remember your word as they navigate life. Be with them in all they do. Amen.