How we learn best is through our diligence in study and desire to know. I harp often on my sites about the importance of doing whatever it takes to stay clean and sober, and about the importance of teaching our children to steer clear of drugs and alcohol. Schools, churches, or activities will not prevent their falling prey to this worldwide epidemic. They do not learn by osmosis, you and I must teach them....diligently.
THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO MY KIDS
Samuel is a well- known character in the Bible. He was a judge of Israel who anointed the first king, Saul, and then David when Saul constantly disobeyed. One would think;
"Samuel heard from God directly, his life and family must have been near perfect."
Not so, this is in the records:
"It came to pass that when Samuel was old, he made his sons judges over Israel....But his sons did not walk in his ways; they turned aside after dishonest gain, took bribes, and perverted justice." 1 Sam. 8:1,3
Just because his children's father heard directly from God, you would think the flow of wisdom and judgment would continue with his children. Samuel obviously thought so. He felt they had learned by osmosis and gave them position to rule over the people. His predecessor Eli thought the same way. His sons, were plain old evil priests that committed adultery with young women coming to the place of worship. In both cases, the sons did not follow example, or in Samuel's case, godliness, and learn from just being there with dad.
WHY WORRY, WE'RE GOOD PEOPLE
How do you teach your child in a way they will stay true to right living and reject wrong living? Believe it or not, people today do not think things are wrong that were wrong a generation ago. Children are taught "subjective" truth, with no absolutes. "Maybe it is true for you, but not necessarily for everyone," is taught in schools, and believed by many of their idols.
Okay the Bible is true for me, but not for you? Then it is okay for you to covet your neighbor's wife and have an adulterous affair with her, because it is right for you? Then it is okay for her husband to find out, and shoot you dead right in front of your family, since it is right for him. Then it is okay for your children to avenge you, kill him since it is right for them. No absolute truth? No, this is wrong for everyone.
We must tell the story to our children. We must be honest without graphic details about our lives. Telling your children your past, how you fell, why you fell, is extremely important to keep them from doing the same. Taking them to church is important, but useless without your reinforcement of what is learned there. Watching CSI on TV, expecting they see how the drug dealer loses out, doesn't keep them from trying drugs. That's expecting them to learn by osmosis.
"You shall teach them (the laws) diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up." Deut. 6:7
They never forget when you teach them to ride a bike. They always remember the birthday parties you throw for them. They remember the time you spend talking to them, reading them a book, and special things you do for them. They probably forget sitting in a room watching TV with no conversation. They will not forget you telling them what to stay away form in life if you do it diligently. They may hear, you may save them and yourself many sorrows.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.